As we have all seen, the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic is changing our communities and our priorities every hour of every day. Shepherd’s Pantry is at the front of this as those most in need of food come to us. We intend on keeping you up-to-date with this blog, and change it as needed. As this impacts our community, please continue to support your neighbors and Shepherd’s Pantry. Below are some updates for you:
Need for Volunteers
We need help! Are you available to give 2-3 hours at any one of our 3 locations?
With mandatory business closures, layoffs, and very little food on store shelves, people are depending on the services of Shepherd’s Pantry at an increasing rate. People need food.
While we understand that there are several concerns and precautions to be taken, Shepherd’s Pantry continues to take the needed steps to protect our volunteers and clients. We have recently changed our service protocols to limit contact, both individually and collectively, while maintaining the professional, compassionate, and efficient services Shepherd’s Pantry is known for.
As we strive to get food into the hands of those most vulnerable within our community, the food insecure, please consider serving alongside our team of volunteers. We are looking for help with registration, food sorting, truck driving, home deliveries, and more. We can’t do this without you. As a community, we are better together!
Need for Donations
While it is difficult for you to find food for you and your family, we are not asking for food donations at this time. We have been assured that we should have adequate food from Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. While the community is in this crisis mode, please DO NOT drop off clothing donations as we are closing that department temporarily. If you are able to provide financial support, this would be greatly appreciated since we are seeing an increase in our expenses related to transporting and packaging food. For more information on making a donation to Shepherd’s Pantry, please CLICK HERE.
Letter to Pantry Clients
Dear Shepherd’s Pantry Clients,
We hope this finds you and your family safe. At Shepherd’s Pantry we want to provide you with the food you need, in a safe environment. In order to do this, we have temporarily changed our on-site procedures, effective March 16, 2020, at each of our facilities in Glendora, Irwindale, and Baldwin Park. Here are the changes:
- Shepherd’s Pantry food distribution will be drive-thru for anyone arriving by car. We do not wish for you to get out of your car. A volunteer will obtain your name, birth date and address by bringing a clipboard to the car for you. Your food will be brought to your car.
- For those arriving on foot, bus or bike, please be patient. We will be assisting you outside of our buildings and will move as quickly as possible for you.
- Additional services will be temporarily stopped during this period. This includes clothing distribution, prayer support, resource counseling, haircuts or childcare/tutoring.
- We continue to enforce our guidelines that you may receive food a maximum of twice per month. Your visit history will be checked anytime you come for food. This is especially important at this time, due to the anticipated increase in clients in need of food from a food pantry. No one will be allowed to receive food more than twice per month.
The precautions we all take together to keep the Coronavirus pandemic from our community will help everything return to normal quickly. If you would like more information on how to maintain protection, please visit one of these websites:
I invite you to stay up to date with changes here at the pantry by visiting out website: www.shepherdspantry.com/coronavirus
In advance, we thank you for your cooperation and understanding during these difficult times. Shepherd’s Pantry wants to do all we can to provide the food you need. For detailed questions, please contact our main office at (626) 852-7630.