Food Insecurity – it is a fancy way for saying “I could go hungry or be unable to feed my family”. Food is a main part of human budgets. Food is fuel, medicine, community, and comfort – but without food, a person will surely die. Almost 13% of Americans are “Food Insecure”. Food insecurity: “Limited […]Read More Can We Talk About Food?
Food is a necessary ingredient to sustaining human life. It is also culturally defined the community experience, a family gathering point, personal history, exercise and activity, a component of wellness, a social event, currency, crafts, and employment. (Paraphrased from Chef Richard Weinroth) Food is expensive – even with coupons and food stamps. It is even […]Read More The Importance of Food to Health
Every well run fundraiser is well planned. Sometime in September the lights stay on for late Wednesday evening meetings at the MEND center on San Fernando. I have never been a “lady who lunches”, instead I am a “lady who grabs my kid from daycare, zooms through McDonald’s and rushes up a flight of stairs […]Read More MEND Gala Wrap Up
It feels like children are vanishing into the fears of their parents and out of sight with each rising sun. Please search the faces of the youngsters you pass on the streets for these kids.Read More Recently Missing Children
Oops. In an earlier post if I spelled the name wrong of the car store. I know that the story is true because it happened to a friend of mine who then posted a review on Yelp. The car store has harassed her for posting her story. People who are low-income have a hard time […]Read More Karsplus Warehouse – just, no.
Note: Pantry distribution dates and times are subject to change. Please call the pantry to verify that this information is current. Most pantries serve according to geographical service area. Food pantry clients should bring photo identification with them to the pantry. The identification should show client’s current residential address. Some pantries have an application process […]Read More Pacoima Food Pantries
In the welfare office things are as predicated … The super large former gang banger is collecting toys for his side charity work. My boss snickers when I mention that some individual recognition for my quality of work would be both shocking and appreciated. Administration remains oblivious that actual people work and create the number in […]Read More This week out of the Welfare office
Dear @fuentds4la, I love Pacoima and bought a home here but now there is talk of gentrification what are the plans to keep the low income families in their homes and what’s the plan to boost mom and pop businesses and reduce crime. Let’s work together to make Pacoima a place of universal pride so […]Read More Local activism
Yesenia of @Mendpoverty and I, and our 3 year old daughters, find Jose and give him food and drink.Read More Finding Jose From Pacoima and Feeding Hom
Homelessness is real a nd affects everyone. Here, in Pacoima, this man is a fixture on a local street. The Facebook group for the neighborhood is learning the worst of all truths about homelessness: there is no easy cure. There are no available shelter beds. We can’t find a place for him to sleep MEND […]Read More Pacoima , Facebook, and a man on the streets