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Oxnard Housing Authority Resident Services Coordinator Rose Banuelos leads the food share effort in La Colonia. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Thursday, June 13, 2019

By Chris Frost


Oxnard-- People helping people was alive and well at the Colonia Library, June 8, as the monthly food share event means full stomachs and happy families.


Oxnard Housing Authority Resident Services Coordinator Rose Banuelos led the food share and said it’s a monthly event in the La Colonia neighborhood every second Saturday of the month.


“We’ve been doing this food share for about 20 years,” she said. “We pick up food from Food Share, and we have volunteers come in and distribute to all the community in La Colonia.”


The group picks up fresh vegetables and fruits, in addition to canned items to share with the residents.


“The economy is getting harder,” she said. “It’s 10 a.m., and we served about 100 families. They line up at 7 a.m., we open at 8, and then we start distributing.”


She loves seeing the families come in with their children and the looks on their faces because her group is there to help the people who are hungry.


“I’ve been in this community for over 25 years and do all the social services in the area, and it is rewarding to give to our community families,” she said. “We also have a lot of older people who come, and their social security check doesn’t stretch. They come in, and we have a lot of that population.”


On any given day, Banuelos said she gets 10 people a day who come to the housing office looking for housing, but there is a long line of people needing housing, and the wait can be years.


People who missed the food share event can call the group directly.


“There is a list of food shares all month long,” she said. We’re just one in this community.”


The number of food share is 805-983-7100.