Date and Time
Friday – Saturday, May 22-23, 2020.
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.
Locations: San Jose and Salinas.
- The first event was about 2 weeks ago and it was successful. Those videos are shown at bottom.
See videos & photos from this weekend’s drive!
- May 23, 2020: dropping off donations in San Juan Bautista’s fire station. [length of video: 7 minutes].
Join the Farmworker Relief Drive & Caravan to bring much needed foods and household essentials to hardworking farmworkers.
More than a million farmworkers aren’t hunkered down at home. They are working long hours for little pay in fields, orchards and packing plants to keep food on our tables. Join us in thanking these essential workers by providing them with non-perishable foods & other essential supplies.
Schedule (daily plan below):
- Friday is donations in San Jose from 12noon – 6pm.
- Saturday is the caravan in individual cars from San Jose, CA to Monterey County.
Video of first event:
Because of the current shelter-in-place, social distancing and gathering rules all vehicles must register in advance to participate in the caravan. Please click here to register!
If you are unable to participate you can donate online at Catholic Charities of Monterey. Where it asks, “Where should this gift go?” check “COVID-19 Relief” and under comments state: “For farmworker use only” to restrict the funds. DONATE NOW
EL PAJARO FARMWORKER MEALS donation:
El Pajaro, a micro food incubator program in Watsonville will make and deliver 10 family dinners to farmworker homes for $50. This program helps to support small business owners and the recipients.
FARMWORKER RELIEF DRIVE & CARAVAN
- Further information will be only given to registered vehicles.
1) We ask that all participants wear face masks and disposable gloves upon entry and during the duration of your time at locations.
2) Participants should ride in an individual car only with people from the same household.
3) Please place all items to be donated in your trunk or back of SUV so the organization can facilitate a no-contact drop off.
WHY DO I NEED TO REGISTER?
Because of the current shelter-in-place, social distancing and large gathering guidelines all vehicles must register in advance to participate in the caravan. Cars will need to park in every other stall because of social distancing which limits the amount of space we can use.
WHY CAN’T I HAVE THE LOCATION IN ADVANCE?
We can not give out the locations beforehand because of the restriction on large gathering guidelines and need to limit participation. We want the non-profit agency to be well prepared to handle the caravan’s donations and have enough staff on hand.
WHY DO I NEED A PLACARD?
Currently some counties have a 5 mile distance restriction from your home. People have recently been fined up to $1000 when participating in nonessential activities such as going to the beach. All registered vehicles will receive an official placard showing the reason why you are traveling outside of your shelter-in place zone.
ARE THERE RESTROOMS?
Please keep in mind there are no restrooms available along the way and the roundtrip caravan will take approximately 2-4 hours. Businesses are closed and fast food locations are not allowing people to use their restrooms. The drop-off location in Monterey County will only allow people in the caravan to use the facilities.
DO YOU NEED CLOTHING DONATIONS?
NO. Please do not bring any clothing.
WHAT SHOULD I DONATE?
Household essentials such as:
- Toilet Paper & Tissue
- Feminine Hygiene
- Hand Sanitizer
- Anti-Bacterial Wipes
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Soap or Shower Gel
- Toothpaste & Toothbrushes
- Diapers (Huge need for size 4 & 5)
- Paper Towels & Napkins
- Nonperishable Foods such as:
- Black or Pinto Beans, Rice, Pasta (fideo or vermicelli)
- Flour (Harina or Maseca)
- Canned Meats (Spam, Tuna, Chicken)
- Fruits (canned or plastic cups)
- Canned Vegetables
- Bottled Water
- Canned Juices
- Face Masks
Note: Cotton face masks are needed not only for coronavirus, allergies, etc. but for pesticides that are used in the fields. Masks with a fabric filter or have a place for a disposable filter are preferred but any and all face masks are appreciated
WHAT IS YOUR NO-TOUCH PLAN?
For the safety of all we ask that participants place all donations in sturdy bags and boxes and place them in your trunk or back of the vehicle away from passengers. Do not place any items in the passenger areas. When the caravan arrives in Monterey County the vehicle will drive up to the drop-off point and pop-open the trunk then volunteers will grab the donations.
DONATION DROP-OFFS ONLY.
- Friday, May 22, 2020
- 12:00 am – 6:00pm
- San Jose Woman’s Club
- 71 South 11th Street
- San Jose, CA 95112
Note: Stop at Passenger Loading where volunteers will remove items from your vehicle. Place all donations in sturdy bags and boxes and place them in your trunk or back of the vehicle away from passengers.
See another video:
For details or RSVP click below!