Just after 3:30 a.m. on April 21, food trucks arrived at the California Men’s Colony (CMC) and began preparing free meals for staff. They began serving two hours later and didn’t stop until 10:30 p.m.
The freshly prepared tacos, grilled meats and vegan options were free and provided by an anonymous donor as a message of thanks. The donor wanted to express their thanks to CMC’s staff for working tirelessly through the COVID-19 pandemic.
CMC’s Acting Warden Danny Samuel described the event as “great for the staff of CMC” and was humbled by the amazingly gracious gift.
As lines formed in anticipation of receiving a delicious meal, CMC’s staff said they appreciated the wait. Several mentioned this was the first time in over a year they had been able to participate in any event that felt like the “old normal.” Standing in line while talking with coworkers created a relaxed, happy atmosphere, which in turn boosted morale for all those involved.
A sergeant assigned to first watch stated, “First watch staff were grateful. They really appreciated that the local community recognized their hard work and went out of their way to say thanks,” said one sergeant. “Providing a nice meal went a long way.”
Submitted by Lt. John Hill.