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WHAT ARE WE DOING?

New or longtime supporter, we want you to know that our eight newsletters throughout the year are not designed to be self-absorbed sales brochures or a clever tool with sensational headlines or boring statistics to which most cannot relate. Our hope, however good or bad, is to provide you with updates on how we are…

YOU HELPED GEORGIA OVERCOME THE UNEXPECTED

Georgia was born and raised in Texas. She now lives alone and takes care of herself. On the surface, it is a peaceful image, but if you look a little deeper, you will find this gracious lady worried. She has had to survive alone on a fixed income and navigate the COVID pandemic on her…

NEIGHBOR WHO FACED HUNGER AS A CHILD GIVES BACK

Nearly 70 years ago when Annie was just 9, she would wake up early, walk into town — rain, snow or shine — and peel potatoes at a local restaurant. “They would give me a meal and something to take home to my mom,” she said. Annie’s mom was a hardworking waitress, but there often…

ROTARIANS DELIVER MUCH-NEEDED RESOURCES, SHOW THEIR COMMITMENT

It’s Monday morning and our Rotarian friends from Studio City-Sherman Oaks arrive at the Valley Food Bank with two vehicles filled with the food resources we had been needing. I quickly did the Four-Way test (part of the Rotarian moral code): Is it true? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and…

After a challenging and rewarding year, we look forward

It is a privilege to be reaching out to you today as the Valley Food Bank director. While we navigated one of the most unpredictable and challenging years in our history I am so humbled to be surrounded by such a diverse and passionate organization. One with such a rich legacy of serving our community…

Pastor reflects on life change, commitment to giving

My name is Christopher Anthony Trujillo and I am a pastor at Freedom Church in Chatsworth. I lead our Recovery Ministry as well as our Community Outreach Ministry. My testimony is one that I share gratefully because I know without Freedom Church, I wouldn’t be who I am today. They welcomed me into their church…

Goodbye 2020, bring on 2021

All of us can share stories of this past year: fires, COVID-19, elections, social distancing, home schooling and on and on. What we all can embrace is hope for a great new year. Yes, we have had a number of challenges, some more than others. In the midst of many hardships, what we do know…

Home Depot water delivery blesses Food Bank

One of the most gratifying calls to receive is notification that the Valley Food Bank will be the recipient of a grant award. Our friends at the San Fernando Home Depot selected us to receive an award from the Home Depot Foundation. Not in need of any particular building supplies, Store Manager Kimberly Cherney, suggested…

Bringing the farm to our community, and helping nonprofits in the process

Coldwater Farm Hub, a local food hub and farm box small business run by Ashley and Steve Marlowe, have announced to their customers that they will be selling pomegranates with all proceeds going to the Valley Food Bank. They launched their small business, partnering with Los Angeles farmers market vendors and other small businesses, at the…

Pantry recipient shares gratitude for food blessing

Recently, a woman visited one of the Valley Food Bank’s pantries at Freedom Church in Chatsworth. She wanted to share her appreciation for the blessing that the food has been in her life: “Thank you Freedom Church for the Pantry,” she said. “My family has had an extremely hard time making ends meet during COVID.…

Premier America ensures needy families are cared for on Give Back Day

Headquartered in Chatsworth, Premier America has been serving the financial needs of the San Fernando Valley for over 60 years. Premier America recognizes the importance of investing in the communities where Member Owners and their team members call home. On Give Back Day, the leadership team from Premier America made a $2,500 donation to the…

Covid results in major surge of first-time food insecurity

On a recent Friday, people started lining up for a food distribution about three hours before the 9 a.m. start. Shade from the towering trees helped provide some respite from the sun, while the day got increasingly hot as the sun moved overhead. Many of the families were Latino, and among the rations being distributed…