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Foothill Unity Center Seeks Donations, Volunteers for Holiday Food Distribution

Photo Credit: Foothill Unity Center
Photo Credit: Foothill Unity Center
The following information was provided by Foothill Unity Center.

Foothill Unity Center is looking for some Santa's helpers for its upcoming holiday distribution Dec. 21 in Ayers Hall at the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia.

The center is seeking donations of food, funds, and volunteer time to help make the season a bit brighter for those in need.

Those who wish to donate funds can do so securely online at foothillunitycenter.org.

Food and checks may be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at either Center location: 415 W. Chestnut Ave. in Monrovia or 191 N. Oak Ave. in
Pasadena.

Information at holiday volunteer shifts, most-needed food items, and the annual Angel program for children's gift donations is available at foothillunitycenter.org/thanksgiving-and-holiday-distribution-programs or by calling the Center at 626-358-3486.

The holiday distribution is just one aspect of the center's year-round Family Food Program, which provided more than 3.6 million pounds of groceries to food-insecure clients last year.  Each month, clients receive a grocery cart of food items, sized by number of people in the family to supplement needs for 7-10 days.

They may return to pick up perishable food items once a week, including fresh produce, dairy and baked goods. The Center also delivers monthly food packages to qualified homebound senior and disabled clients, and gives 50 to 60 substantial bag lunches (enough for about two days) three times a week to homeless or those who have no place to store or cook food. Its volunteer-run Pet Food Bank helped 726 families keep their pets last year.

The Center also provides referrals to more than 100 organizations for crisis and housing assistance, employment counseling, and much more. Its Health Services Child Health Connection program  connects children with urgent health care needs to free and low-cost care, helps uninsured clients enroll for low-cost insurance coverage, and conducts health screenings and education seminars. It also operates a Medical Outreach Clinic in partnership with the Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) providing health and dental care to homeless and uninsured adult clients.

About Foothill Unity Center

Founded in 1980, Foothill Unity Center is the primary provider of food, case management/crisis help, and access to health care resources across eleven San Gabriel Valley cities in Los Angeles County, California. As the federally designated Community Action Agency for the Foothill Area, we operate two locations, in Monrovia and Pasadena, serving clients in Pasadena, Altadena, South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Monrovia, Bradbury, Duarte, Azusa, Baldwin Park and Irwindale. 

Of the clients served, 77 percent are at or below the National Poverty Level. The number of people served by the organization has more than tripled over the last five years, making community funding and volunteer support more critical than ever.

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