In an era of cutbacks, this free lunch at the Fontana Women's Club here is something people come to rely upon.
"There used to be places I could go (in Fontana) every day of the week. Now there are only three places," said Robert Watt, 54, who said he has been living in a sleeping bag, under a tarp in a secluded part of town for the last 11 years.
Watt was among about 150 people to get a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches, macaroni salad, desert and other food items at "Come As You Are" sponsored by Calvary Chapel Fontana and the Fontana Community Assistance Program.
The program has been going on for more than a year and draws more working poor than homeless Lupe Luna, who runs the kitchen.
The event, which runs from 11 a.m. until noon every Tuesday - including Christmas Day - includes an opportunity to get a free haircut or - most weeks - a free shower.
A key volunteer who runs the free showers was ill Tuesday and for that reason the showers didn't happen that day, event organizers said.
There were also some clothing items on hangers that could be taken by the guests.
"A few of the homeless are former prisoners released under A.B. 109," said Calvary Chapel Fontana Pastor Daniel Vasquez.
Passed in 2011, A.B. 109 allows some convicted of lessor crimes to leave jail early.
Volunteer Barber Romeo Castro, 37, was one of those released early from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office run Glen Helen Rehabilitation Center.
He enjoys "giving back" by helping out and cutting hair at the "Come As You Are" event before his shift at a nearby barbershop.
Among the dozen or so haircuts he gave Tuesday was one to Raymond Franco, a homeless man who recently was hired for a paying job at a mental health provider.
"I've got to clean up for the people I work for," he said.
Vasquez and others said they were looking forward to next Wednesday's Eat & Be Well event which will feed more than 1,000 at Fontana's Cypress Park and Cypress Neighborhood Center, 8380 Cypress Ave.