SAN MARCOS — In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Rock Church, in collaboration with the Rock’s Provision Group, held a community food, diaper and supplies distribution for hundreds of families at its San Marcos campus.
Roughly 200 residents made their way to the free event on July 2, one of several distributions that will be the first and third Thursdays of every month.
The distributions began on April 3, each one serving an average of 177 residents and allowing more than 466 households to receive groceries and other supplies.
The food is donated by a variety of local businesses and grocery stores, including North County Food Bank, Einstein Bagels in Oceanside and WinCo Foods San Marcos.
Becky Aniversario, a pastor at Rock Church San Marcos and a staff member at the distribution, told The Coast News that a local farm had even donated to the cause.
“They heard about what we were doing and because they had so much extra product they decided to help out rather than waste it,” Aniversario said. “It ended up being more than enough food.”
Staff and volunteers at the event made sure social distancing measures were in place while also helping families receive all of the supplies they needed. After picking up supplies, many of the residents prayed with their families or in small groups in the church’s parking lot before heading home.
“This is my second time coming to a distribution,” said Angelina, a single mother of two young kids. “It’s something that has really helped my family, and I’m just so thankful for that.”
Also volunteering at the event were two sheriff’s deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s San Marcos Station who bagged and distributed food to the families. The entire staff then gathered around them and prayed for them as the distribution wrapped up.
The Provision Group was started by Rock Church San Marcos attendee Ken Eick. The ministry launched its first food distribution last Oct. 3 and has served thousands of families since then.
The next distribution will be held the first week in August at Rock Church San Marcos.