By: Mario Conde
The 37th Annual Farm Workers Breakfast took place December 2nd during the first hours in the morning to thank workers for their hard work and dedication during the year.
People that work in the fields make a titanic effort by working long hours to keep the agricultural business thriving in the Imperial Valley.
Farm workers lined at the early hours of the morning at the Employment Development Department in Calexico and waited to receive their breakfast before going to work. Volunteers that worked the event served food for 3,000 farm workers and worked from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
The farm workers breakfast started thirty-years ago thanks to an initiative by Loli Torres who invited people to join her and give farm workers coffee and sweet bread. In 1984, then-Mayor Arturo Rioseco got the City of Calexico involved in the farm workers breakfast and also the Calexico Chamber of Commerce started supporting the event. From that time forward, the annual breakfast has grown and serves thousands of farm workers with a good meal that includes tamales, beans, rice, orange juice, and milk.