Food Share More than 35 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, Food Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 74,500 people. Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 12 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site; more than 180 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs. Food Share’s programs provide healthy nutrition and education to children, families and seniors, which include: Kids Share, SENIOR Share, Nutrition Education, Community Market, and more. The regional food bank’s Feed the Line, Shorten the Line efforts draw together community stakeholders and other non-profit and community service organizations to provide county-wide access to resources that facilitate self-sustainability. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization. For more information about Food Share, visit www.foodshare.com. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House® is a “home-away-from-home” for families with critically-ill children, keeping them close to one another, their doctors and needed medical care. The House is built on the simple idea that nothing else should matter when a family is focused on the health of their child – not where they can afford to stay, where they will get their next meal or where they will lay their head at night to rest.
The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House has 12 bedrooms and is located across the street from Huntington Memorial Hospital. Families staying at the House will have access to a fully stocked pantry, meals prepared by volunteer groups, computers, a large yard with outdoor seating and a playground. Activities are coordinated by the House with volunteer groups to help families cope while their child is receiving treatment. Those activities have included pet therapy, recreational activities and parties. Since opening on Valentine’s Day in 2004 the House has served more than 21,900 children and their families. The Pasadena Ronald McDonald House is a program of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California. For more information, please visit our website at www.rmhcsc.org/Pasadena.
Elizabeth House was founded in 1994 to address an unmet community need: shelter and services for homeless, pregnant women and their vulnerable children. Our mission is to provide shelter, hope and support for homeless, pregnant women and their children by addressing their physical, emotional, spirtiual and economic needs in our nurturing Residential Program. Committed to breaking cycles that lead to homelessness, child abuse, domestic violence, poverty and poor health outcomes, we deliver long-term Alumni Services. We believe that: Every baby deserves to be born into safety; At-risk women can change their lives when they have a community that is willing to come together to meet their needs; With support and care, vulnerable mothers have the ability to create a life of safety, abundance and love for their children; We can make a difference in the world by giving hope to others.
Family Promise of the Verdugos (FPV) is a not for profit organization supporting homeless families with children since 2010. FPV provides an array of services for families throughout LA County, focusing in attaining housing and employment. Our core program is our 90-day shelter in which we provide four families at one time, shelter, food, access to shower and laundry facilities, resource room that has computers, wifi, printer, etc. and one dedicated case manager who helps set benchmarks for each family. Our goal is to help these families get back into permanent housing. Many of these families are homeless due to a death in the family, fleeing domestic violence or even loss of a job.