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Widow, retiree seeks help from Lighthouse Food Pantry

Sylvia is a widow who is also retired. The monthly Social Security payment that she receives barely covers her house payment, leaving her without any funds to buy groceries. Sylvia is further struggling financially, due to the care and support she must lend to her mentally disabled son. Sylvia’s good friend told her about the…

FOOD PANTRIES PROVIDE FOR THOSE IN NEED—AND FOR THOSE WANTING TO GIVE BACK

The food pantry at Reseda First United Methodist Church is a haven for those in the community, providing fresh fruits and vegetable, dry goods, and other items to those families and seniors who are struggling. Aside from helping those experiencing hunger or food insecurity, it also gives many people a place to volunteer. George came…

After 10 years of partnership, The House delights in serving from its home base

It has been 10 years since The House and the Valley Food Bank have come together, and it is the first year we have been able to serve our community from our new location. The efficiency of serving from our home base here has been a Godsend and we have enjoyed every moment. In the…

New Hope Church pantry helps with local family’s food struggles

Since learning about the New Hope Church food pantry in downtown Van Nuys a few months ago, Richard has visited four times. Because Richard is retired and on a fixed income, food security has been a challenge for him and his family of three. However, Richard expresses gratitude for the Valley Food Bank and its…

Register With Ralphs And Help Us Reap The Rewards

It’s easy—just shop, swipe your card, and we receive the reward! It’s easy—just shop, swipe your card, and we receive the reward!Ralphs is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, the Valley Food Bank has earned dollars through their Community Contribution Program. The Ralphs Community Contribution Program was designed to make your…

A Family Trapped In Transition

Every Wednesday evening, North Valley Caring Services (NVCS) and Oikos 4:45 Ministry load up several trucks with meals, dry goods and care packs that have been generously donated by the Valley Food Bank. We then take them to several motels on Sepulveda Boulevard that temporarily house homeless families. This family is one of the 170…

FreshPoint Presented With Humanitarian Award

The Penny Wayne Humanitarian Award is presented each year to an organization that goes beyond the norm to help individuals and families that are fighting hunger. It is only fitting that FreshPoint Southern California, whose donations of fresh fruits and vegetables are vital to the Food Bank’s operations, was awarded this honor. Diane Wayne Woods…

Gifts, Talents, Hope, Joy And Possibilities

“Due to the generosity of the Valley Food Bank and its donors, New Hope Church has had the privilege of operating a monthly food pantry in downtown Van Nuys for almost two years. Although many might describe our local neighborhood area as “destitute,” “gang-infested,” or “under-resourced,” the human and spiritual connections that members of New Hope…

When There Is No Food, They Eat Air Puddin’

A month or so ago I had the opportunity to visit one of our partnering pantry sites. This incredible pantry distributes to more than 250 families each week food that they pick up from the Valley Food Bank every Thursday. That day, I had the pleasure of meeting a vibrant 73-year-old woman named Cordie. I…

We Give Back Because…

Our dedicated and passionate volunteers are at the core of everything we do. Without volunteers, the Valley Food Bank would not be able to provide food resources and other essentials to the many hungry and needy recipients each week. Many times companies, civic organizations, places of worship and students come to the Food Bank for…

One Bag of Groceries Can Change Everything

Having grown up in the foster care system, Mandy was determined to make something of her life and was supporting herself through university by working two jobs. At the start of her final year, she lost both jobs, and her life was thrown into crisis. With no family support, she sold everything she had but…

September 2016 Newsletter

A woman living on Social Security, Candice has found it hard to make ends meet every month. With things like rent to pay first, she does not always have money left over for healthy food.