The Clovis Rotary Club and the Clovis Police Officers Association continued a 31-year tradition Sunday with a bicycle and grocery giveaway.
The organizations annually team with the Salvation Army, church groups, Clovis schools and other organizations to identify and help families in need.
Clovis police spokeswoman Janet Stoll-Lee said volunteers met early Sunday morning at P-R Farms to fill 500 boxes with chicken, milk and more. Walmart discounted and ordered many of the groceries. Mi Rancho and La Tapatia donated the tortillas. P-R Farms contributed produce. Clovis Recycling and Budget Truck Rental in Clovis provided transportation for moving the goods. And inmates at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran refurbished about 70 bikes for parents to put under the tree for their children as part of a program the Clovis Police Department established with the prison 14 years ago.
Stoll-Lee said families were pre-screened and issued tickets to receive food baskets that were distributed Sunday morning.