The pandemic has been devastating to the 500 families in Santa Anita, La Mision, Ursulo Galvan, and the migrant camps and communities we serve. Like many of you, the future for them seems uncertain but unlike most of us food to feed a family is not our greatest concern. Many of our Foodbank patrons survive with part-time work, low wages or simply, nothing. Through our donors, we are the sole source of dependable food and nutrition.
The foodbank in La Mision provides basic food to over 500 families a month, in 2016 we served 55 families.
We provide rice, beans, pasta, flour, tomato sauce, oil, and two pounds of frozen chicken. When funds are available, we also give out two cans of tuna. Other select items such as baby formula, diapers, bath soap, canned food, blankets, donated clothing, school supplies, shampoo, and dental care items as they are available. Everything is in limited quantities. The Federal food program that provided limited support is overwhelmed. In the past, we were able to buy some food from Mexican Social Services but now there is no extra food available for us to purchase from the Government and our food cost has risen by 30% in 2020. We are a 503C charity for US tax purposes and provide annual tax statements to our donors.
The Food Bank is funded completely by your donations and the need is enormous. Seventy percent of our patrons are employed. Most are families where both spouses work and most of these families earn well under 90 US dollars, equivalent, per week with both spouses working. All who assist at the Food Bank are unpaid volunteers. 100% of every dollar donated goes directly to providing for these families.
Any donation has an impact far greater than the amount given.
We are currently in need of children and teen size shoes and socks and men’s shoes for work. We do not have the funds for diapers of all sizes, Depends for our elderly who are bedridden. Powdered milk and canned goods.