AV Food program benefits low-income families
Applicants still being accepted
A food program to benefit families with low incomes in Los Angeles County has been instituted by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and the Antelope Valley, this short-term food giveaway began in June and ends September 30. The program is accepting applications at two locations: Quartz Hill Foursquare Church and Grace Resource Center.
The program has helped more than 400 families between the two sites. Organizers hope to double that number before the food giveaway ends. “We’ve been doing this type of work for 20 years,” Grace Resource Center Assistant Director John Cooper said. “Our organization specializes in supplying food and other goods to the less fortunate. So the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank felt we would be a good fit.” Quartz Hill Foursquare Church was also a good complement for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank program.
“The Food Bank offered (this opportunity to serve low-income families) to us,” said Sue Brown Quartz Hill Foursquare church administrator. “Through the Food Bank, we distribute food every Friday through our church’s own ministry.”
The program that the Grace Resource Center and Quartz Hill Foursquare Church are participating in with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). They give needy families a 30-pound bag of groceries which includes: oatmeal, milk, tuna, pinto beans, fruit juice, peanut butter, and vegetables.
The food is for families who qualify, and the criteria for ARRA applicants are:
• Must have at least one child under 18 living in the place of residence.
• Must have at least one United States citizen or permanent resident living in the house/apartment.
At Quartz Hill Foursquare Church (6015 West Avenue, J-8, Lancaster), ARRA sign-up and distribution is from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second Saturday of each month. For more details, call (661) 943-1074.
At Grace Resource Center (45134 Sierra Highway, Lancaster) ARRA sign-up and distribution is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. For more details, call (661) 940-5272.
Each family must provide: Proof of at least one child under 18 living in the household; proof of at least one U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident living in the home; and proof of income (monthly income cannot exceed $3,675).
September will be the last month.
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