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The line is 20 cars long when Jesus Zavala arrives at 6 a.m. He’s already late.

His black 2011 Toyota 4Runner is parked in a growing queue of cars that snakes down four blocks in Bloomington where the roads are lined by dusty, unpaved sidewalks. He puts up a blue sunshade and closes his eyes.

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ABC7 News

A recent study found that 1 in 10 people in the Inland Empire may not be getting enough to eat. Vida Life Ministries is trying to help.


Daily Republic

At a Vida Life Ministries food distribution in Bloomington, the Zavalas sleep in their car to pass time. It’s summer and by 8 a.m. with the temperature climbing to the mid-80s, the mother and son turn on the A/C to keep cool.

For the next hour, they inch closer and closer to the pallets of spinach, tomatoes and bags of Foster Farms frozen chicken that volunteers pack into trunk after trunk. By 9:30 a.m., their trunk is full and the Zavalas head home.

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