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A Message from the Chairman


As we move into fall several projects are on the horizon!!

Thanks to Troop 22 the Pantry and POP kitchen is getting a makeover! 

In the spirit of the of  the Scout’s mission to develop leadership skills and serving the community,  Josh Matalski will be managing an Eagle Scout project to renovate the sink and counter area in the church and pantry kitchen.

Josh will be working with the Prince of Peace outreach chairman in coordination of the installation.  As part of the project, Josh will be responsible for fund raising donations to pay for the project. Troop 22 scout masters have agreed to volunteer their time and carpentry skills to do the demolition, haul away and installation of a new sink and food preparation area. The project will include replacing the drywall behind the sink, installing a new backsplash and water filter and storage racks.  This renovation represents the answer to a long overdue rework of this much utilized area in the kitchen. Hat’s off to Troop 22 and to Josh Mastalski for his commitment to serving others in the community.
 
Thanks to family Rescue center for assisting in the transfer of overstocked donated food. We are in the process of clearing out the remainder of donated food from the postal food drive in order to make space for the upcoming November Scout food drive.  We have been blessed with an abundance of donations that are getting managed through our distribution channel at Family Rescue Center. The goal being, to get food to the people who need it ASAP!  As we continue to grow, our need for warehouse volunteers is increasing. We need volunteers to help off load deliveries each week and twice monthly. Please help us to recruit volunteers for this task by utilizing your social networks. For more information on how you can help; Email Debbie Decker @ foodpantry@popwh.org or call Roya Muniz our new pantry supervisor at the pantry #818-346-5554. 

In your Service,
 

Richard Podleski
Pantry and Outreach Chairman


From Debbie’s Desk


While August is usually a slow month for most businesses, the West Valley Food Pantry was especially busy!  Our Back-To-School drive was a huge success giving away almost 350 backpacks filled with school supplies. Thanks and gratitude goes to our Pantry’s Drive Coordinator, Julianne Sorice, the National Charity League girls, moms and especially our liaison, Kirstin Clink!  Everyone worked hard and the results could be seen on the smiling faces of the children as they picked out their backpack, as well as the finical relief of the parents.  A special thank you goes to Anthem Blue Cross for the generous donation of $1500, D C Collectives, and the numerous individuals who contributed to the success!

Also, last month was the In Pantry transition to the computer database. It was a rousing success!  The twelve computer volunteers, led by Linda Worland, and In-Pantry Shift Leaders and volunteers were fabulous and it could not have gone any smoother.  THANK YOU!  Just a reminder… Please remember to answer all the questions in RED on the client sheets.

COMING UP – Our Annual Volunteer Luncheon is Saturday, September 17th at noon in the Prince of Peace Family Center.  This is our thank you to YOU - our volunteers, sponsors, donors and supporters.   The Pantry serves approximately 3000 people a month and this could never be accomplished without you. This year we have Los Angeles Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, a huge supporter of the Pantry, coming to speak. Don’t miss out!  Please RSVP to Debbie at foodpantry@popwh.org by Sept. 12th!!!

AND volunteers… Please nominate your peers for recognition at the luncheon! You know who’s working above and beyond. Who do you think we should spotlight in our Smile Awards?  Let us know by telling Roya Muniz, the Pantry Supervisor, a Board Member, or Debbie at foodpantry@popwh.org.

And last, MARK YOUR CALENDAR!  The Pantry and Walgreens will be sponsoring a FREE FLU SHOT CLINIC on October 1st from 3pm-5pm.  Spread the word - not the germs!

Thank you all for all you hours of devotion and dedication to feeding the hungry in the West San Fernando Valley!
 

Debbie Decker
Executive Director


From Roya Muniz - Pantry Supervisor

 
It’s been a month since I stepped into Margaret’s very large shoes and I have found it so rewarding working with all of you and getting to know you better.  Thank you so much for making me feel so welcome.

In July 2016 we served 778 families, hooray!  Great Job, EVERYONE!  It makes me feel wonderful to know we’re making such a difference in our community.  We’ve had some extra volunteer help on 8/18/16 from Farmers Insurance who organized and sorted storage unit #3. They’ll be coming again in the future to sort out donations.

We are always looking for volunteers!  The NCL mothers and daughters have completed their summer participation so we are in need of additional IN PANTRY volunteers to fill in open spots (especially Mondays) and we need a number of people with muscle who have no problem lifting 25 pound boxes to work in the mornings in the storage areas. If you know anyone who would like to join our team, please, let me know or direct them to apply online at www.WestValleyFoodPantry.org
 
Thank you so much for your dedication to the Pantry and to our community!

Best Regards,
 


 



Roya Muniz
Pantry Supervisor


We Need Volunteers!
You can volunteer to help at the Food Pantry by filling out our on-line application

We can now accept online donations!
 

We accept credit and debit cards (as well as PayPal). You do not need a PayPal account!



 

About the West Valley Food Pantry

The WVFP has over 200 volunteers serving about about 2-1/2 hours, 1 day a month. They purchase or take delivery of food shipments, stock shelves, validate client eligibility, maintain distribution records, shop for specials, buy and pick up food, as well as assist in the daily distribution.

We serve twelve zip codes that cover the West San Fernando Valley. Our efforts are made possible by the contributions of both food and money we receive from the local community and our coalition members. Donations are always welcome as we strive to insure that "No one goes away hungry". 
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