We bridge the gap in times of crisis by providing assistance to local residents, thus promoting stability, self-sufficiency and hope. This is our 40th anniversary year of providing food pantry support year-round as well as crisis rent, mortgage, utility and disaster assistance for qualified residents in our service area of San Lorenzo Valley, Scotts Valley and Bonny Doon.
We do not receive any government funding. Helping clients get back on their feet during a crisis in their lives is a goal we accomplish solely with the amazing support of the community.
We serve a region of the County that is chronically underserved. This past year, with the huge increase of food costs, we are experiencing more new clients in need of food than in the past seven years. We provide substantial quantities of healthy supplemental food that truly help local residents stabilize their food expenses. Every week we meet with clients that are still reeling from the impacts of the CZU fire as well as Covid related issues. The inflationary costs of food, housing and gas this year have caused havoc for many local folks that were getting by on their own previously.
We hope to raise enough funds to provide at least 15,000 pounds of food for our grateful clients — currently 7,000 annually: 5,000 adults and 2,000 children.
My wife and I had been managing on our own until this past year when too many increasing household costs just got us behind. Getting extra support from Valley Churches United has made a big difference for us, including having enough food for us both each month.