Labor of Love to Serve 500 Farm Workers in One Day

Fri. March 17th, 2017 - by Jordan Okumura

YUMA, AZ – The Labor of Love program is planning a huge send off to workers who will soon leave Arizona for Salinas and Monterey, California, in the next few weeks.

Carmen Rodriquez, Celebrity ChefOn March 22nd, Celebrity Chef Carmen Rodriquez—who previously participated in Labor of Love’s 2017 Harvest Dinner—will return to Yuma to help deliver meals to workers in the field. Chef Rodriguez grew up working in the fields with his family as a migrant laborer throughout the U.S.

Lunches will be provided in a Labor of Love lunch tote with a custom water koozie. The menu will include:

  • An Achiote Chicken Wrap with Baby Kale and Roasted Vegetables, dressed with Pesto Torreado
  • A Field Salad of Mixed Greens with Limon y Agave Vinaigrette
  • Giant cookies

All ingredients will be provided by Chile Pepper, and Chef Rodriguez will also be providing his homemade tortillas.

Taylor Farms automated harvesting crew enjoyed a Labor of Love in February, 2017

Some work crews will also receive donations of new boots. Local Ford dealership Alexander Ford, a longtime supporter of the program, has provided 250 pairs of boots to Yuma-area crews this year.

Labor of Love still needs volunteers for the event—held March 21-22. Volunteers will assist with food prep, packaging, and distributing 500 meals to farm crews selected by the program. Volunteers can contact Susan Sternitzke at [email protected].

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Labor of Love Yuma Fresh Vegetable Association