Hungry families sleep on the sidewalk, waiting for food in Hayward California

(Hayward CA, August 15, 2009) Families receive food at a food distribution organized every month by Hope for the Heart in Hayward. Many people begin lining up for food the day before, and sleep overnight on the sidewalk in order to make sure they get their food before it runs out. Many families are immigrants from Mexico, and don’t have enough money to buy food or pay rent. Food for the program comes from the Alameda County Community Food Bank, and the people distributing the food are all volunteers, organized by local churches. During the food distribution, children of food recipients listen to music, and watch a religious service while their families are waiting..
David Bacon is an award-winning photojournalist, labor organizer, and immigrant-rights activist. His web site is . His most recent book is Illegal People — How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants.