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ALERT: BACKPACK DISTRIBUTION ONE MORE MONTH TO GO

 

JULY FOOD: CANNED FRUIT

 

 

HELP FILL BACKPACKS NOW

FOR OUR BACK TO SCHOOL 

YEARLY EVENT!!

 

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WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS NOW!

Please collect and drop off at the Food Pantry the supplies we need to put together the backpacks we will distribute to kids from Kindergarten to 12th grade.

We depend on your generosity to make their school life a success. Most cannot afford pencils and paper, much less backpacks and other necessities.

Your donation provides these kids with a chance to succeed in school, AND to STAY IN SCHOOL.

 

SPONSORS WANTED: Along with school supplies we need money to buy backpacks and remaining supplies. If you wish to sponsor our event and donate money, we would show our appreciation:

 

Donations Up to $200 - Honorable Mention on Website, Facebook page and

E-blast.

 

Donations of $201-$500 - Your business card/logo on our Website, Facebook page and E-blast for two months

 

Donations of $501+ - Your story in our E-blast, your business card/logo and recognition on our Website, Facebook page and E-blast for three months.

 

PLEASE SEND YOUR CHECK DIRECTLY TO THE FOOD PANTRY OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO DONATE NOW!!! 

OUR KIDS DEPEND ON IT

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VOLUNTEERS are still needed for the Backpack Committee to organize supplies and on August 8 for distribution. Please contact Susan Conner if you wish to help.

 

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Volunteers working daily to keep us stocked!!

 

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Upcoming Events

 

FIRST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH:

Supermarket Food Drive at Sprouts Market - Ventura and Topanga Canyon. Volunteers always needed for 2 hour shifts from 10am to 4pm. To sign up, call Jeff Albee. This is a great activity for school service hours if you are over 16.

 

FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH:

Garden picking day. This is the big picking day of the month. Tomatoes and Zucchini are coming in fast. No experience necessary, on the job training available, bring your kids! Please contact Barbara Partridge if you would like to volunteer for one time or more. (foodpantry@popwh.org) 

 

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Call to Action: As our Food Pantry grows so do the needs of our clients. We are looking for supporters, volunteers, sponsors, and those who wish to be kept apprised about the workings of a great organization who serves food to our community everyday.

 

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Volunteer POV


I am a pantry volunteer. I usually work at least two shifts per month, as my job allows. I worked last Thursday afternoon, July 2. We served 25 families in the morning and when I got there the cupboard was bare. No meat, no vegetables, no bread, none of the food we take for granted that makes our pantry so successful. I panicked. How can we be out of everything? 

 

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Well we really weren't out of everything. 

We had what is required by the Federal Government, but we are used to our Food Pantry giving so much more! We rely heavily on the generosity of Trader Joe's and Vons. Without them, where would we be?


 

 

Apparently we had a busy few days. On June 26, Friday we served 41 families in just 2 hours. On June 29, Monday we served 43 families. On June 30, we served 54 families. On July 1, Senior Wednesday, we served 67 families! With an average served of 37 per day, these are truly high numbers.

 

Luckily, we were not busy that Thursday afternoon and people who came in Friday were told the options and decided whether to take what we have or come back. We are very fortunate to be able to give our clients such a great variety of foods. We, as volunteers, feel just as badly as our clients when we do not have enough. It is not easy to plan for the busy days, though Senior Wednesday is a given! Maybe if we reached out to a couple more supermarkets we would have a little bit more wiggle room.

 

A volunteer's point of view, Liat Cohen
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DONATIONS & TRIBUTES

 

Thank you to those people, organizations and companies that continue to support the West Valley Food Pantry. Your donations are much appreciated. This month we especially thank:

 

Canoga Park Women's Club

Center Stage Opera/ The Opera Tree (collected over 500 lbs of food)

Granada Hills Women's Club

Kern Marketing Consultants

USPS National Association of Letter Carriers (40 truckloads of food in May food drive)

Audrey Floyd

Brian Stevens (41 bags of food)

Woodland Hills United Methodist Church

Woodland Hills Christian Church

42nd Annual Valley Greek Festival (raised $110 and 45 boxes of food)

Sugar Free Markets (2 large crates frozen food)

Theresa Strazzella

Variety of Southern California (The Children's Charity) & Cris Tortolano, Teddi Mae's daughter, 100 large canvas tote bags!

Alperstein Simon Farkas Gillin & Scott, LLP, Law Offices (subscription to Constant Contact making these E-blasts possible)  

 

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HELP WANTED:

 

Pantry Co-Supervisor / Grocery Store Purchaser

Needed minimum Three Hours, Two or Three days a week. Monday, Tuesday, Friday mornings.

  •                                      Pantry Co-Supervisor: Acts as a co-supervisor and backup to the pantry supervisor assisting with pantry operations. Opens the pantry at 8:30 a.m. on assigned days. Organizes and oversees morning setup and management of food deliveries on assigned days. Sets objectives and provides direction to volunteer staff.  Implements policies and procedures and provides supervision to pantry staff. Assists with EFAP, LA Food Bank ordering if necessary. Position is combined with Grocery Store purchaser function.

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          • Grocery Store Purchaser: Chief responsibilities will be grocery store ordering of supplemental food items, arranging payment at store, and coordinating driver pickup of purchases and overseeing delivery to warehouse. Will coordinate with the warehouse manager regarding inventory stock levels and order necessary supplemental food from preferred vendors as needed. Will shop for best buys and discounts and make buying recommendations as needed. Works with store managers to ensure orders are correct and delivered as scheduled.

New Volunteers welcome to fill these positions. Will require some training, and, at discretion of Food Pantry background check for felonies, credit card fraud, red light camera tickets, and jaywalking  

we cannot give our credit card to just anybody! 

 

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For more information or specific details please contact:

Debbie Decker - Outreach and Development Officer at foodpantry@popwh.org   

or Richard Podleski - WVFP Chairman at foodpantry@popwh.org 

 


 
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PANTRY JUNE STATISTICS:

 

Meals Served:             FP 14,067                FRC  11,880

 

Families Served:                   707                              419

Adults                                 1,133                              742

Children                                430                               578

Total                                   1,563                            1,320 

 

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West Valley Food Pantry | (818) 346-5554 | wvfoodpantry@gmail.com | www.westvalleyfoodpantry.org

 

 

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