Annual event feeds hundreds of needy people in Bakersfield on New Years Day

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – An annual tradition has been launched again this year. This tradition, nurturing those in need in Bakersfield.

It’s called “Feeding the Need”. The Bakersfield Mission received food that could feed more than 500 people. All received hot meals to enjoy on New Years Day.

People lined up that curled around the building, waiting for a chance to have a hot holiday turkey meal. The food was donated by the Naina and Ravi Patel Foundation and the Comprehensive Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC).

“Every year on New Years Day, CBCC comes together and cooks this meal for our guests here in the Mission,” said LaVonne Jarrow, Food Services Coordinator at the Mission. “Like I said, they do this every year, which gives our kitchen a little break now and we can look around, enjoy and participate in the festivities ourselves.”

But it wasn’t just food that was given. It was a benevolent act to start the year of law for these hundreds of people. After they finished eating, they were given tote bags filled with a jacket, hat, socks and toiletries.

“Oh yeah, I think people are really thankful for this event because it’s like New Years Day,” Jarrow said. “Someone literally cares about coming here to be with and to serve our homeless population in Kern County.”

The event lasted until the afternoon, but food would always be appreciated throughout dinner.

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