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Downtown Fair meets community needs

Local nonprofit United Across Borders, in conjunction with other local organizations and elected officials, hosted a community fair and food drive on Saturday, August 21 at the Fullerton Downtown Plaza. The event featured a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic, free diapers, school backpacks, food, and other essentials.

Hundreds of local residents received free food at the event.

United Across Borders has hosted numerous food drives across Orange County throughout the pandemic.

“Obviously the pandemic hasn’t stopped,” said Oscar Lopez, director of finance for United Across Borders. “There are still people in need, people behind on their rent, people who are still trying to catch up with their bills, food, you name it. So that’s why we’re here.”

Free diapers were provided at the event.

Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva along with Fullerton City Councilmembers Jesus Silva and Ahmad Zahra were volunteering at the event, passing out free backpacks to kids.

According to Lopez, United Across Borders originally started by taking food and clothes across the border to people in need in places like Tijuana and Mexicali. But when the pandemic hit, they began to see the needs closer to home.

“We realized we need to help here in our community. So that’s what we’re about right now,” Lopez said.

The nonprofit is able to hold these large events due to numerous sponsors and the support of cities and local elected officials who provide them with public venues.

A mobile clinic administered free vaccines.

The community fair featured a live performance by Osos de California, a Mexican drum and cornet marching band from Garden Grove.

To learn more about United Across Borders, visit www.uabfoundation.org.