Food Pantry

The VV Food Pantry started in 2020 as a way to help people impacted by COVID-19 and the economic hardships caused by related lockdowns.  It has grown into so much more.

We began with a straightforward plan:  Let’s reach out to our community, especially to those in need, with some groceries to help them get through the week.  We opened on Thursdays at NOON, with the idea of helping people who were out of work or in need for any reason.

We started simply enough – with contributions from the church and trips to local grocery stores to fill in where needed.  We gave out bags of canned goods, chips, crackers, and perishable foods that were donated.

We have since been blessed by donations from various community organizations and other food pantries serving the needy in our area.  God has opened a lot of doors, and we are blessed to be able to pass that on and extend a helping hand.

So today, we are able to give out generous portions of fresh food and dry goods to an average of 100 families per week.  We load groceries into people’s cars at two drive-thru stations and also serve individuals and families at our walk-up station.

Our volunteer team has grown in their expertise in prepping and distributing donations.  And we have been blessed with drivers to retrieve donations from partner food pantries.

We still observe COVID safety protocols – masks and gloves – as well as wearing reflective vests for working in the parking lot around vehicles.

We look forward to continuing to serve our community through both good times and hard times – whatever lies ahead.


Food
Insecurity
Facts

  • Los Angeles County is home to the largest population of food insecure people in the nation.
  • Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and need to rely on their local food banks and other hunger relief organizations for support.
  • The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of families without stable employment. More than 42 million people, including 13 million children, may experience food insecurity.
  • The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger were or one paycheck away from facing hunger.
  • One in 8 families in America is hungry.
  • Some 48% of college students in America are food insecure.
  • 60% of households led by older Americans must choose between buying groceries or paying utility bills.
  • Children are more likely to face food insecurity than any other group in the United States.


The Pantry in Action

If you...

  • can use some groceries to help your family get through the week, feel free to visit us at NOON on Thursdays in the main parking lot around the back.
  • know someone in need, send them our way on Food Pantry day.
  • want to volunteer to help, you can join us at 10:30 AM on Thursday.
  • have food items or recyclables to donate, bring them by the church during office hours, Tuesday-Friday, 10 AM to 3 PM.
  • want to make a financial contribution, click the donate button at the bottom of this page and choose Drive-Thru Pantry under “Fund.”

For more information, contact Kevin Grable at [email protected]