The people who utilize our services come from all walks of life. We all experience difficult times in our lives and sometimes we need a helping hand. More than 50% of the people we serve are experiencing a very temporary situation and just need a little help to get them through a rough time. Our volunteers genuinely love helping people and go out of their way to try to meet the needs of everyone we serve. The most rewarding part is the smiles and expressions of gratitude from those we serve.
The Shepherd’s Pantry organization is a result of the merging of two food pantries; Cory’s Kitchen, founded in 1996, and Shepherd’s Pantry, founded in 2004. Since the inception of both pantries, additional services were added to support those individuals and families struggling to make ends meet.
Some of those services include(d) haircutting, clothing store, homeless food program, reading and math tutoring, Christmas Toy Store, community food baskets, Summer Reading Camp, emergency voucher program, health fair and a school supply giveaway for a local community.
Cory’s Kitchen began as a ministry centered in Irwindale and expanded to serve through seven additional site locations at one time. Shepherd’s Pantry began as a free emergency food delivery service with a small group of volunteers delivering food from a storage unit in Glendora. Today there are three pantry locations, each with unique services for their respective communities to add to their food pantry service. Shepherd’s Pantry is a dynamic faith-based organization that sees the unique value of each client treating them with dignity, offering hope with a helping hand.