Depending on who you talk to you will get some very different opinions and perspectives on the progress the Inland Empire has made in recovering from the downturn in the economy. One thing that most people will agree on is that people in need still exist in great numbers. We have more and more hungry children, out of work parents, community members addicted to harmful chemicals and agency resources being called on in massive amounts.
So with a need so great how can one person make a difference? If I don’t have extreme wealth or excess resources how can I help make a difference? One of the biggest needs that falls during the holidays is hungry children. Parents that are struggling rely on school breakfast and lunch programs that offer their children food when they can’t provide regular meals. So instead of thinking of the problem as a massive problem too big for one person lets tackle a smaller yet important issue Hungry Children.
There are a lot of local businesses and community organizations offering food for families this thanksgiving holiday week when children are home and away from the free food resource they count on. If your looking for a personal touch or more personal event call your child’s school and ask if there is a family that may not have any food or way to cook a meal and buy them a thanksgiving dinner at one of the local grocery stores. Here are a few of the many resources you can help:
Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council Canned Food Drive
The Fontana Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council is requesting your help in
gathering canned goods, juices and other non-perishables for their annual
Thanksgiving Basket program. The MYAC hopes to deliver fifteen baskets this
year to families in need in the community we serve. The attached flyer
contains details of the program and locations where your contributions may
be left. Thank you for supporting our youth in serving the Fontana
If you have any questions, please contact Jason Hendrix at extension 6983 or
via email at email@example.com
Community Services Coordinator II
Valley Community Pantry
The Pantry is primarily a food bank, however we do have other resources from time to time to help with issues such as shelter and utilities. We also have the ability to refer you to the appropriate resource if we do not have what you need available.
The Community Pantry is committed to being open Monday – Thursday (except holidays) from 9 am to 11:30 am to respond to all requests for emergency food from anyone who is seeking such help. The Community Pantry is also ready to help, if funds are available, when assistance is needed: at time of eviction; at a time of utilities shut-off; at a time of need for emergency housing; or when a referral is needed to another helping agency because of particular troubling circumstances.
- Western Eagle Foundation (Temecula)
- FIND Food Bank (Indio)
- Central City Lutheran Mission (San Bernardino)
- Inland Valley HOPE Partners (Pomona)
- Second Harvest Food Bank (Riverside and San Bernardino Counties)
- GAP Food Bank (Rancho Cucamonga)
- Foothill Family Shelter (Upland)
- Family Service Association of Redlands (Redlands)