For more than 10 years now, the staff at Wasco State Prison’s Reception Center has hosted a local food drive to help needy families in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Last week, Wasco staff distributed 57 food boxes, each containing the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for a family of six.

The food drive was topped off with a Thanksgiving feast at Allensworth Elementary School. WSP-RC has been providing a Thanksgiving luncheon for students at Allensworth Elementary since 1998.

Acting Warden J. N. Katavich and the prison’s Reception Center staff served a Thanksgiving lunch with all the trimmings to students and other members of the community.

Helping serve the lunch were AssemblymanDavid G. Valadao, R-30th District, and Dameane Douglas, a representative from the office of state Sen. Michael J. Rubio, D-16th District.