DALY CITY, CA — Over 2,000 meals were given out for the second annual Fil-Am community feed in honor of Father’s Day.
People were given family-sized meals which included barbeque chicken, rice, Filipino spaghetti, and Biko.
Even with California slowly reopening its economy amid the pandemic, the Daly City council felt it was still necessary to help families not have to worry about celebrating Father’s Day.
“It’s a continuation of that bayanihan spirit that we saw on Mother’s Day and there’s still a continual need of food and security within the city and San Mateo so this is just a way to give back,” said Juslyn Manalo, the vice mayor.
Volunteers, which included the city council of Daly City as well as community members, were in full personal protective equipment to ensure safety for themselves and those in the cars.
But food was not the only thing that came with the bags.
The Filipino American Democratic Club of San Mateo, which also co-sponsored the food giveaway, added their statement of support and solidarity with the black community over the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery.
“So we look at this opportunity not only feeding folks with food but their minds and souls.”
Also included was information regarding the 2020 census.
“It’s so important to keep all the important programs and services here for California. Everything that happens: schools, parks, public safety, social services for our seniors, everything depends on the census.”
For those who have not yet completed the census — please log on to my2020census.gov.
Meanwhile, the Daly City council hopes to continue the mother’s and father’s day food giveaways as an annual tradition.