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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…

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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…

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Home Depot water delivery blesses Food Bank

One of the most gratifying calls to receive is notification that the Rescue Mission Alliance 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…

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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 Rescue Mission Alliance Valley Food Bank. They launched their small business, partnering with Los Angeles farmers market vendors and other small…

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Pantry recipient shares gratitude for food blessing

Recently, a woman visited one of the Rescue Mission Alliance 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…

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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…

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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…

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Teens band together, create group that gives back

The Teens Giving Back Initiative (TGB) is a teen-run organization created by sisters, Andy and Abby Soriano. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, they wanted to create a group with the goal of “giving back” hence the name. The organization wanted to use current events to help those affected by them. First they started with front…

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Director’s Note

Dear Friends, Often we share “we could not do what we do without you.” Over the years, this has meant many different things and taken many different forms. In this most difficult year, it could not be more appropriate—or, thanks to YOU, more accurate. Without you we could not be doing this work right now.…

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If I don’t need it, I don’t go

There is a long, curvy dirt road leading off a main street deep into a rough area riddled with bumps and full of dust. A rooster can be heard crowing in the distance. This is a neighborhood of mobile and manufactured homes in Sun Valley, where life is hardscrabble and amenities are few or nonexistent.…

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People need to know ‘how much is happening here’ for our community

A long-time supporter shares why she gives back: “I tell everyone about the food bank,” Daisy said. “That’s important to me—that people know how much is happening here.” Daisy and her husband Dave are longtime donors to the Rescue Mission Alliance Valley Food Bank, and also volunteer at their church packing meals for seniors. “The…

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Director’s Note

Dear Friends & Neighbors, It is normally the time of year when we get to reflect on Hunger Action Month. This year has been anything but normal and reflection or strategizing for fundraising has taken a backseat to long hours and a lot of hard work to keep pace with the demand for food from…

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