Santa Claus at St. Joseph’s Church in Nipomo

David during our food distribution at St. Joseph’s Church in Nipomo.

Four times a month, residents in and around Nipomo have a chance to receive food from one of our distribution sites at St. Joseph’s Church, Nipomo Elementary, the Senior Center and Dana Elementary.

If you attend the distribution on the first Tuesday of the month at St. Joseph’s Church, you might run into a doppelgänger of Santa Claus. His real name is David and he gets this nickname from all children that told him his beard makes him look like the legendary Christmas figure.

For 25 years, David actually used to be a Food Bank volunteer during food distributions in Nipomo that started in the early 90’s. Back then, the food was given out inside the church. Nowadays he no longer volunteers, but still comes back every month to talk to people and get his share.

“Whenever I get tomatoes and onions, I give them to my youngest daughter because she likes to make salsa on the hot side,” explains the 78-year old. The retired electrician was originally born in Iowa but relocated to California in 1974 when his family, including his grandparents and two uncles, moved here. His three daughters still live in the area, though David himself lives alone. He keeps himself busy with going to the library where he reads many California newspapers like the Los Angeles Times or the San Francisco Chronicle to stay up to date on current events.

– By Luise Gleason, Marketing & Communications Coordinator