Community Nourishment Programs

Community Nourishment Programs

MEND’s Community Nourishment Programs (CNP) feed hundreds of thousands of food-insecure people per year through a Food Pantry (direct distribution), Food Bank (distribution to partners), Buen Provecho farmers market (self-selection of fresh fruit/vegetables) and Little Health Market (food options for people with chronic health conditions). In 2021, this combination of food services put almost 4.0 million lbs. of food in the hands & homes of poor Angelenos, translating to 3.1 million nutritious meals. Those using our food services are low-income families with children, indigent seniors and people who are homeless.

 Because of the extra stresses the pandemic has put on vulnerable people in San Fernando Valley, the number of people seeking crisis supports, including food services, has doubled and at times quadrupled. Underemployment and rising prices are to blame; adding to the challenges of people who are already struggling. To give you a sense of who we serve: In a survey in 2021, 40% of our clients shared that without MEND’s food services they would either go without food or would not know what to do.

This is unacceptable – and we believe that you agree. MEND’s CNP thus strives to reach as many people as possible who need food throughout and beyond the San Fernando Valley by partnering with 53 faith- and community-based food pantries to feed food-insecure people throughout Los Angeles County.

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Food Donation

3,083,090

Healthy Meals

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4.0 MILLION

Pounds of food

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297,550

People Benefited

Join us for the upcoming Buen Provecho farmers market on

June 8th from 9-11am

 

Emergency Food Pantry

Direct distribution of food plus a hot meal prepared in our kitchen.

Frequency: Clients may come weekly based on need

Service Days during (COVID): Tuesdays and Fridays 

Target Population

Individuals and families who are homeless, in transitional housing, at-risk of homelessness or financially vulnerable due to COVID-19.

Food Bank

Distribution to satellite (TFAP) and outreach (general) community partners.

Service Days: Tuesdays - Fridays and alternating Saturdays

Target Population

Low-income individuals and families served by partner organizations.

Buen Provecho

Distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to MEND clients through a “Farmers Market” model. Goal is to give clients more choice and maximize the amount of produce distributed and minimize the amount being recycled.

Frequency: Once a month

Target Population

Individuals and families who are homeless, in transitional housing, at-risk of homelessness or financially vulnerable due to COVID-19.

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