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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…

FRUITS AND VEGETABLES ARE NO LONGER A LUXURY RUTH CAN’T PROVIDE

In our last newsletter, we shared about the many individuals and families that Valley Food Bank helps by providing food resources and other essentials to children, seniors and families in need. We are proud of the work that we get to do. But what makes us even prouder are the stories we hear from the…

VALLEY FOOD BANK RECEIVES 2021 BEST OF PACOIMA AWARD

The Valley Food Bank has been selected for the 2021 Best of Pacoima Award in the Individual and Family Services category by the Pacoima Award Program. The Food Bank, located on Van Nuys Boulevard, partners with pantries all over the Valley to provide people with healthy food throughout the week. Each year, the Pacoima Award…

QUALITY OVER THE TOP

This week we had the privilege of speaking with one of the newer recipients at the La Voz-Sylmar pantry. Her name is Maritza. When asked how she found out about this community resource, she said, “I am fortunate enough to have a friend who told me about this place. After I came the first time,…

AN ACCIDENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT LEFT IRENE AND HER FAMILY IN NEED

This is Irene who came to the Lighthouse of San Fernando pantry seeking assistance for her family: “My son was involved in an accident. That coupled with the impact of unemployment due to the pandemic, we were in need of food for my family. “Never before having the need to receive assistance, I didn’t know…

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…