SALINAS, Calif. — Taylor Farms donated about 2,500 pounds of lettuce, cole slaw, bagged salads and other fresh produce to Navidad en El Barrio, a nonprofit that serves Southern California families in need each Christmas season.

Transportation broker The Allen Lund Co. arranged pickup Dec. 8 in Salinas. Taylor Farms was one of several shippers to donate produce.

California grower-shippers donate produceAllen Lund Co., which donates its services, planned to assemble a full truckload of donations. Other participants included Steinbeck Country Produce; Monterey-based Sunsation Farms Inc.; and Fillmore-based Fillmore Piru Citrus Association.

It’s the sixth straight year that Allen Lund Co., La Canada Flintridge, has participated.

Navidad en el Barrio provides food baskets to more than 20,000 families at or below poverty level. The organization was founded in 1972 by Danny Villanueva, a former NFL kicker.

Taylor Farms also donated two pallets of vegetable items to a food bank in Monterey County. Salinas-area grower-shippers are frequent donors to food banks.

“It is a testament to our growers and shippers that they see value in donating perishable goods each year, which makes the food baskets even healthier.” Allen Lund, chief executive officer, said in a news release.