Lao Khmu Association, Inc. sponsors a Food Program through which fresh, processed, and canned foodstuffs are made available to low-income residents in the greater Stockton area. With the assistance of six staff members and two volunteers, food products are distributed to 50-60 families every third Thursday of the month and to 10-15 homeless teenagers / young adults every other Monday.
The various food items are obtained from the HSA Commodity Warehouse, Stockton Food Bank, and private donors. They typically include meats (e.g., fish, chicken, pork, salami, and hot dogs), dairy (e.g., milk, cheese, and butter), vegetables (e.g., corn, peas, beans, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, spinach, and salad mixes), fruits (e.g., apples, pears, peaches, grapes, plums, pineapple, cantaloupes, melons, and fruit cups), starches (e.g., breads, pastas, raviolis, ready-to-bake dough, cookies, and pie crusts), soups, dressings, and healthy drinks.
The Food Program also engages in a variety of annual events. During the 2006 Christmas season, the project gave away approximately 2,500 new toys and 24 bikes to needy families in the Conway, Fontana, Sierra Vista, South Pilgrim, and Sierra Nevada neighborhoods of Stockton. The program also participates each year in the San Joaquin County Health Fair.
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