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Modesto resident Claudia Villagomez and her husband lost their jobs in the farm fields when the pandemic hit, and they haven’t been able to find work.
They were out of money to feed their family. A friend told her about the Salvation Army food bank.
On a blistering hot August day, she backed her small sedan into the refrigerated port at the agency’s food distribution center on Janopaul Lane in South Modesto, where the volunteers filled her trunk with apples, milk and non-perishables.
“It helps a lot,” said Villagomez. “We have four children and my parents.”
Her kids range in age from 2 to 13 and they usually rely on school lunch to fend off hunger, but the coronavirus pandemic has them home-bound. The family is struggling