West Valley Food Pantry Starts New Homeless Program

In response to the increasing number of true homeless in the West Valley, the Food Pantry started a new and expanded program at our Prince of Peace site on April 3, 2017. Previously, homeless without resources to cook or refrigerate food have been furnished enough food for one day (plus extras) weekly. These homeless will now be able to receive enough food for three days (per person) weekly! This new policy entails additional food purchases for Food Pantry, since the size of the cans or containers used is smaller than those normally received through donations, and they must have "pop-top" lids.

(A homeless person is defined as one who has no regular abode or shelter or who sleeps in their car. They have no way to cook or refrigerate their food. They declare the intention of staying in our regular West Valley area for a short period (desired, but not required). They also "self-certify" that they are low-income (rather an obvious declaration).)

About 45 homeless "families" depend on our Pantry each week - an increase of 50% over last year. The Pantry has established a separate fund to cover the cost of the new program. Presently we have enough money for a year forward! We are receiving help from Trader Joes and Sprouts as well, and we are very thankful for their role. We also receive bread and bakery goods from other markets in the valley. The program is now running at our Prince of Peace site and is expected to be extended to our FRC site (Canoga Park Presbyterian) by July 1, 2017

(by Alfred O. Trumpler, Treasurer)

Meet Christian Edwards

Christian (Chris) Edwards is working part-time for the Food Pantry helping organize and manage Christian Edwards our storage units. We are overjoyed to have his capable assistance during the busiest time of the year here at the Pantry... the nationwide Stamp Out Hunger campaign held by the Postal Letter Carriers on Saturday, May 13th.

Chris comes to us by way of Florida and Connecticut. After finishing high school, he came to Los Angeles to join his father. He is currently a student at Woodbury University, majoring in mathematics. Generous and smart, Chris has been volunteering at the Pantry since last September, concentrating his efforts on our storage units. Stop by and welcome Christian to our Pantry Family!

New Signage on the Pantry Truck

New Truck Signage

Check out the new sign on the Pantry's Truck!

So Many Donations of Food, Labor, and Money in October and November! Thank You!

The list of contributors to the Food Pantry has grown too long to put on our home page. We wish to thank everyone who has given time, food, or cash these past months.

We received grants and corporate cash donations from these organizations:

Bridge Club 750 and ABXC
Ewing & Associates, Sotheby's
National Charity League
Knistrom Foundation
Granada Hills Women's Club
Global Sports Development (bicycles for the toy drive)
43 Church of Christ, Woodland Hills
R. D. Ford Foundation
Prince of Peace Episcopal, Woodland Hills
Kol Tikvah Temple
Zurich American Insurance Co.
deToledo High School
Market Street Escrow

These organizations and groups donated food and labor

Serrania Elementary School (Dropped of on Friday 11/18)
Justice Elementary (Over 2000 bags from this location on Friday 11/18)
Pomelo Elementary (11/17 afternoon)
Winnetka School (11/19 with Terry)
Keller William Reality Calabasas(Pick up on 11/23)
Marcus & Millichap (Pick up the donation on 11/21)
Woodland Hills Community Church (11/21)
Nordstrom Topanga (Dropped off 11/18)
Ivy Academia (Dropped off 11/17)
National Notary Association
Children's World
Breakthrough Fitness
Woodland Hills Academy
1st American Home Buyers
Agoura Hills (Rich Poppenberg)
Valley Beth Shalom - Mitzvah Day donation
Keller Williams of Calabases
Mom's Club of Woodland Hills
Pink Cake Trust
Viewpoint School
Serania School
DC Collectives
Nobody Hikes in LA
Invitemanager Company of Calabasas
Xplosiive Fit -- 100 grocery bags of food and Ralph's gift cards

These many contributors have a significant impact on the work of the Food Pantry. We thank you all for what you have given.