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Volume 15, Issue 42  | May 26, 2023Subscribe

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Update on Laguna Food Pantry drive-through distribution service: it’s working well

Laguna Food Pantry is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and staying open to serve neighbors in need. The Pantry is serving shoppers in a drive-through distribution program set up in the Pantry’s parking lot. Instead of allowing the shoppers inside to select what they want to bring home to their families, volunteers are bagging food and providing curbside service. The Pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Executive Director of Laguna Food Pantry Anne Belyea reports on the new method of distributing food, “The drive-through distribution system is working well! Last week, thanks to our dedicated volunteers and Board members, we served over 750 individuals with our curbside service of bagged groceries.” 

Update on board member

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Food Pantry Board Member Suriya Khan

“As an agent of the Second Harvest Food Bank (SHFB), we can purchase food at $0.17 per pound. We were grateful to receive some beautiful produce last week, from the considerable donation from Disney through SHFB when they closed their parks.

“We are working with the Department of Veterans Affairs and are providing food to about 50 veterans and their families. Together with Sally’s Fund, we are providing food to over 60 local seniors. 

“The outpouring from the Laguna community has been heartwarming. K’ya donated food when they closed their restaurant on Thursday. Locals have dropped off fruit from their trees.” 

Update on store

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The Laguna Food Pantry is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

“And many have sent in checks and made financial contributions through our website” 

 COVID-19 is impacting lower-income communities and adding extra burdens on people and families.

“If you can, please donate. If you need us, we’re here,” says Belyea.

The Laguna Food Pantry is located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Rd.

For more information, call (949) 497-7121.


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