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LANCASTER — Hundreds turned out for the second food truck night and resource fair at the Antelope Valley Children’s Center.

The monthly event runs from 4-8 p.m., at the Children’s Center, 45111 Fern Ave., on the fourth Thursday of the month, through June.

Nearly 800 people attended the February event. About 1,000 people registered for Thursday’s event. Queues formed in front of each of the five food trucks parked around the Children’s Center parking lot. They offered international cuisines such as Thai, Italian and Japanese. There were also tacos and tamales.

“Good; second time coming,” said mother Susan Marquez. “I have two of my daughters here.”

In addition to food trucks, there was a video game truck, photo booth, and live DJ. The monthly event also provides an opportunity to connect attendees with services such as the Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center, Los Angeles Neighborhood Legal Services and Olive Support Services.

“It’s community resource fair meets food truck night,” said Carol Stevenson, community engagement manager for the Children’s Center. “We want to expose the community to the various resources that are available to them that can help them overcome obstacles.”

Participants received a free meal after registering at each of the community organization kiosks.

“Everyone in the family gets a free meal,” Stevenson said.

The goal, Stevenson added, was to provide the resources to the community and eliminate the stigma people might feel when getting help from a nonprofit.

“We want people to have fun, to feel welcome, and to kind of discover resources that might be helpful to them,” Stevenson said. “We are seeing more people who may need help after what we have been through with the pandemic.”

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