March 27, 2020
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March 24, 2020
Food and Hygiene items can be dropped off at any of our pantry sites (valleyfoodbank.org/food-pantry-locations/) during distribution hours or at our warehouse (12701 Van Nuys Blvd., Suite A, Pacoima) Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
March 16, 2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing many disruptions in our local communities, our nation and throughout the world. I’m sure you are feeling the effects of this national emergency. I want you to know that we are praying for you.
Many have been reaching out to us to ask how we are doing in the midst of this crisis. The Valley Food Bank is still open and we are continuing to offer help and hope to those in need. We know that we will get through this challenging time because you have been there for us in the past. Your loyalty has made it possible for us to continue this life-saving work when our community needs us the most.
We are working diligently to meet the increased demand for food while protecting the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and clients. Here are some of the current challenges we are facing:
- All of our thrift stores, which provide income to support our programs to assist the poor and homeless, are currently closed.
- Many of the food donations we receive come from stores that donate their unsold products. As markets struggle to keep their shelves stocked, there is very little left over to donate to agencies that feed the poor.
We are confident in the face of these challenges, because we have placed our trust in God. He has blessed us with faithful friends like you, who when times are tough, open their hearts and hands and give generously to those in need.
Thank you for standing with us. If you are able to make a special gift to help our most vulnerable neighbors, please click the donate button at the top of this page.
May God protect you and your loved ones.
Will Hernandez, Director
Valley Food Bank
March 13, 2020
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is getting a lot of attention and, as a supporter of the Valley Food Bank, we wanted to update you on what we are doing to address this challenge.
The Valley Food Bank and our partner agencies are committed to continuing our vital work to help feed those in our community that need assistance.
Our first concern is the health and safety of the people we help, those who operate our pantries, our employees, our volunteers (both on-site and at distribution sites), and the community at large. Our team is monitoring information from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and other federal, state, and local agencies to help ensure the actions we are taking are in line with the latest recommendations.
We have already taken the following steps:
- We have increased our cleaning and sanitizing of high-traffic areas of the Food Bank to multiple times a day. This includes food sorting and work areas for volunteers and staff, doorknobs, bathrooms, and other areas.
- We are in regular communication with our pantry sites to ensure proper safety measures are in place and that they have adequate supplies of food to distribute to those in need.
Volunteers play an important role in our work. We still need your help.
- To address the growing concerns about being in large groups, we are reducing our volunteer opportunities to the absolute, mission-critical shifts.
- All volunteers will have access to gloves, aprons, and hand-sanitizers.
- If any volunteer is feeling unwell, we ask that they please cancel and reschedule their service for another time.
The Valley Food Bank has been responding to disasters and local emergencies for many years. We are prepared to assist as needed in conjunction with other community-based and faith-based organizations and government agencies.
The economic impact on the communities we serve, low-income seniors, children, families, and individuals, will likely be significant. We must be ready to do everything that we can to make sure that they receive the nutritious, healthy meals they need despite the social and economic disruption they may face. Your financial support is greatly appreciated at this time.
As always, the work that we do feeding needy residents is enabled by the generosity of caring individuals like you. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments. If you are able to give a special gift to help the Valley Food Bank meet this challenge, please click the donation button below.
Thank you for your continued support of the Valley Food Bank. Please pray for God’s wisdom and protection as we face this new challenge. We will continue to keep you updated.
Valley Food Bank