Food center feeds families

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Each family may pick up four bags of groceries a week: One bag contains bread and bakery products, one fresh produce, one canned staples, and the final bag is of perishables, including fresh juice and dairy products. Large families may pick up groceries twice a week. Availability of the groceries is dependent upon donations from individuals and from stores. Volunteers sort and bag groceries for distribution, and also make sure that each family receives its correct bags. Also, two volunteer drivers each day make pickups at stores that are donating goods. “The Interfaith Food Center is a compassionate, caring organization committed to serving the food needs of as many of the hungry, disadvantaged and homeless population of the communities of Whittier and La Mirada as our resources allow,” according to the organization’s mission statement. “We believe that the perpetuation of our cost-effective center is totally dependent on the support services of volunteers, individuals and organizations who are also committed to feeding the needy …” This second-largest food pantry in the state got its start in 1983 when a group of leaders from several different Whittier-area churches recognized there was a need to help families on a regular basis. The pantry started with about 30 families, and now helps between 550 and 700 families a month, fewer toward the beginning of the month and more toward the end. The volunteers become an important part of the team and several have been helping out many, many years. Volunteers must be at least 13 years old and be able to make a serious commitment. Volunteers must be available for three-hour shifts on a selected day and must have their own transportation to get to the center, which is located at 14545 Leffingwell Road, Whittier. Persons interested in volunteering should call Veronica at (562) 903-1478 to sign up for a tour of the facility and an orientation. Send information about your organization to [email protected], (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758. ——— >VOLUNTEER NOW160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more