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Despite great change, Adam’s family keeps traditions alive

For many, this holiday season is filled with family visits and plenty of food. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is forcing many to rethink what those things mean this year. For one family, the global pandemic is a time to establish new traditions and cook familiar dishes, even if they cannot gather everyone around the same table. “I…

Hope for a better future begins with a meal

My husband Josh and I have three children. John is 7, Gavin is 2 and Marietta is 1. When we first got married, our lives were pretty stable. We had a place to live and both of us worked full time. We could pay the bills and we could buy our children the things they…

Director’s Note

For 20 years, the Valley Food Bank has worked to build and sustain hunger-free communities by providing nourishment and hope to those in need. Our important work would not be possible without your generous support. Your gifts have allowed the Valley Food Bank to be flexible and agile in our response to community needs. This…

Thanksgiving meals made complete with help of Morongo Band of Mission Indians

I grew up in a single-parent home here in the Valley. My mother worked very hard to provide for my two brothers and me. Some years were harder than others, and when we struggled, the community stepped in and helped my family. Spending time helping the Valley Food Bank has given me the opportunity to…

Director’s Note

The holidays are a time of reflection, and a time to express gratitude for all that we have. Unfortunately, many people do not have all of their basic needs met, including sufficient access to food. In this season of gratitude, the Food Bank team would like to give thanks for all the wonderful things people…

Director’s Note

Going hungry is bad enough at any time, but at Thanksgiving, a holiday built around enjoying the fruits of a bountiful harvest, being hungry can be extra troublesome. Civic organizations, schools, businesses and individuals are teaming up in creative ways to make sure the growing number of families and individuals showing up at pantries will…

Carin brings ‘light and love’ to her community

I grew up in a single-parent home here in the Valley. My mother worked very hard to provide for my two brothers and me. Some years were harder than others, and when we struggled, the community stepped in and helped my family. Spending time helping the Valley Food Bank has given me the opportunity to…

Community hero continues to help us serve

A hero in my book is a person who donates time, money, experience, skills and/or talent to help create a better world. The Valley Food Bank has been blessed to have a hero, a champion, and a friend that has helped support, encourage, and promote our goal of ‘Fighting Hunger – Feeding Hope.’ Barry Woods and his…

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…

MARIA FEELS LIKE ‘PART OF A GREATER FAMILY’

This month I had the pleasure of meeting a woman by the name of “Maria.” The reason why I will be referring to this person as Maria is because she asked for me to keep her identity anonymous. Maria is someone who has been coming to the La Voz Sylmar Church food pantry for some…