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September 14, 2017

 

Community of migrant farm workers hit hard by Irma

 

Migrant farm workers hit hard by Irma

 

By: Julian Johnson

 

WIMAUMA  - For the migrant farm worker community, most of whom work the strawberry and blueberry fields during the day, and go home to mobile homes at night, Hurricane Irma hit hard.

It's why one Bay Area group is focusing on farm workers and making sure they – at least – have food.

Kathy Dain with Beth-El Ministry introduced us to families who were thankful to have their lives, much less a hot meall.

“To weather a storm like the one we just saw the fact that any of them are still standing is a miracle,” Dain said. “They might pick all day in the rain like it is right now and earn $50.”

Wimauma-based Beth-El Ministry handed out hundreds of hot and boxed meals, as well as essentials, on Thursday.

“We want them to be better off and that's why we're helping them out,” volunteer Javier Izaguirre said.

The group says, on any given week, they feed more than 500 families.  This week, they're aiming to help even more, since people nearby are still without power.

“They see us as a place where they can head to in their time of need and that's what we're here for,” Izaguirre said.