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Never Did I Imagine…

Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I would have to rely on a food pantry for food. My heart is so full of gratitude to those who keep these wonderful resources going. I really don’t have the words to tell you how much I appreciate each and every one of you and…

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Giving of Herself, She Receives Even More

Debbie is a Christian who believes in living out the Gospel on a daily basis. Despite the fact she has financial struggles herself, Debbie spends her free time volunteering and helping others in need. It was during her time volunteering that she received a flyer informing her of a new ministry coming to town, the…

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Five Years of Service and Fellowship

The Rotary Club of Greater San Fernando Valley’s signature local project was the One More Item food drive. Club Members, with the kind permission of Gelson’s in Sherman Oaks (and at Gelson’s in Valley Village during the Sherman Oaks store renovations), asked shoppers on the way in to add just “one more item” to their…

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Serving Grace

One definition of grace is, “the condition or fact of being favored by someone.” We think of grace when we think of the pantry as a church family. To be given grace to share grace-to be given to freely in order to be free to give is a wonder filled experience. It was a huge…

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More than Just Property Managers

Westfield Century City will be the home to the West Coast’s first Eataly. It’s destined to be L.A.’s most “social food destination” with communal seating, fresh food counters, cafes, classes, and events all focused on the rigorous preservation and application of classic Italian recipes and cooking techniques. Eataly joins 40 plus restaurants serving the Westside…

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The Power of Partnership

Manny states, “The Rescue Mission Alliance Valley Food Bank has changed the lives of many of the people in our community. Money that was once spent on food can now be allocated to other household needs. The demographic that has been the most affected has been that of our homeless friends. They have witnessed the…

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Pantry Fills in the Gap

Miguel and Marie found themselves in a predicament. After 22 years of loyal service, Miguel was laid off from his job. During the six months that Miguel looked for work, the food he received from the pantry helped him feed his family during a lean time. Not long after Miguel found work again, Marie found…

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Nothing Made Her Better

At first Elvia came to the food pantry for the same reason many people come; they are in need of food! Like most, Elvia found out about the distribution through a friend and decided to check it out. Once there, she was shocked by the number of people and the abundance of food. She noticed…

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Inspiration and Life Changing – Letter of Thanks

“My Wife and I are truly blessed to have found the food ministry! Anyone at any time can fall on hard times. What a gift to know you can receive inspiration and help at the same time. We are truly inspired and blessed to have Pastor Lorraine and Frank Coconato in our lives. The food…

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Answered Prayer

Irma visited International Community Church’s food pantry for the first time a few months ago. She lives with her husband and teenage daughter in a low-income hotel in the Van Nuys area and collects cans and bottles for recycling in order to earn money to support her family. The first time Irma visited the pantry…

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Community Change Agent

John arises early each morning, thankful for another day, tends to his morning routine – hygiene, breakfast, and some household chores, then marches off to catch the Metro at the boulevard, several blocks away. John travels from Tarzana, through Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, and Panorama City arriving in Pacoima mid-morning. He makes friends easily and…

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What would Thanksgiving be without a Turkey?

“A friend brought me to the food pantry in Chatsworth. The pantry volunteers are so kind and loving. They always make sure my family has food. I do not know how we would get through the holidays without their help. I was able to provide my mom a turkey for her last Thanksgiving dinner. It…

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