Des Moines woman's vision feeds thousands in Latino community – KCCI Des Moines

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Since Zuli Garcia moved from Southern California to Des Moines 25 years ago she’s been a resource for the Latino community. She’s helped feed thousands of families going door to door and more recently starting a nonprofit during the pandemic.
Up to 200 families are given food each week out of the west entrance of Franklin Jr. High and Zuli Garcia is the centerpiece to make it all happen.
What started off as Garcia and volunteers dropping off food to families in need turned into a busy operation and food pantry catered specifically to the Latino community called Knock and Drop.
“When I moved here 25 years ago I was always helping others because that’s something my dad and my mom taught me to help others that are in need… Especially those who are in need because of the language barrier,” Garcia said.
Garcia is breaking through more than a language barrier, her organization provides comfort beyond food.
On the brink of tears, Garcia said, “My community actually needs it, there’s people out there that need the food and they are being denied the food just a couple of weeks ago I had a lady come in here and she would not grab the food because she thought we would report her somewhere.”
Garcia prides her pantry on being a safe space. Support from nonprofits and grants for families have allowed for her to provide; fresh food, hot meals and more — while bringing in local vendors too.
She adds that anyone who wants Latino food is also welcome.
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