My team and I decided to go to the Santa Monica College campus in order to observe the process of the SMC food drive on Wednesdays at 12:30 PM. It was very exciting to see how well organized the food drive team was in making sure the process was as efficient as possible, both for vehicles, and people standing in line. While attempting to gather information, we made sure to always maintain safety measures given by the CDC, due to our COVID-19 Pandemic.
The lines were incredibly long and wrapped around the block making it difficult to gauge the amount of cars waiting. Upon attempting to interview them from a distance, they seemed to have their guard up, giving short answers, as well as an uncomfortable vibe.
Walk up lines:
My team and I found that the people standing in line were more receptive to allowing us to interview them. They always were able to be more open and descriptive about the answers given. At no point did they seem uncomfortable, but rather grateful that they were able to have their next meal due to the food drive.
Bags of food Given:
The bags were very heavy, and at times felt the paper bags would not hold. We later found out why, There was a very food variety from potatoes, to canned foods, as well as perishable items. The amount of choice in items however was very limited due to limited questions about what types of foods we needed.