With increased concerns for the growing number of hungry in the Santa Clarita Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley Hunger Coalition was formed.
Through that Hunger Coalition, the Food Pantry Formation Committee including Hod and Mary Wadsworth, Rev. Lynn Jay (St. Stephen's Episcopal Church) and Sharon Rodes-Wickett (Santa Clarita United Methodist Church) began plans to form a volunteer-based nonprofit public benefit corporation. The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry was established in 1986.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church donated space at the church for the SCV Food Pantry to distribute food to needy residents of the Santa Clarita Valley.
On the first day of operation, the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry had one item in stock, a bottle of cooking oil, that was shared between two client families. The SCV Food Pantry distributed more than $1.3 million worth of food - approximately 2,000 pounds each day of operation, in 2010 to those less fortunate in our community.
As the numer of clients began to grow, so did the need for a larger facility. The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry has been at its current location on Railroad Avenue since 1992. We are again facing "growing pains" as the current facility is no longer adequate at only 3,000 square feet.
Realizing transportation is a major issue for senior citizens, the SCV Food Pantry began the Senior Outreach Mobile Distribution Program taking food primarily to low income senior citizen apartment complexes in 2006. The number of outreach distribution locations now numbers seven in the Santa Clarita Valley.
The Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry was recognized by the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, an agency of Feeding America, with the 2010 Community Spirit Award "for its dedicated partnership in the fight against hunger" through the innovative programs designed specifically for our clients needs.
Food distribution by the SCV Food Pantry is on a short-term supplemental, need basis without regard to the applicant's religion, ethnicity, race, gender, age or sexual orientation.
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