SAVES seeks community partners in 16th annual Feinstein Food Challenge
Hunger-fighting organizations will divide $1 million
Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program is seeking individuals, groups, churches, organizations and schools to participate in the 16th annual Feinstein Challenge, which will provide matching funds to various charitable organizations.
For the 16th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein, through the Feinstein Foundation, will divide $1 million among nonprofit hunger-fighting agencies nationwide using the challenge as a catalyst to help them raise funds this March and April.
“How the Feinstein Challenge works is that the more food and cash donations SAVES receives during the months of March and April, the more matching funds we can receive from the Feinstein Foundation,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales. “For every dollar we raise and every pound of food (collected), the Feinstein Foundation will match it with a dollar, up to $30,000. This provides a great opportunity and motive to partner with local groups and individuals to raise much needed food and money so we may assist the families who need our services.”
Residents are encouraged to participate in the drive by bringing non-perishable food items to SAVES, located at 1002 E. Avenue Q-12 in Palmdale, formerly the Palmdale Senior Center. Tax deductible donations may be made to SAVES through the Palmdale Community Foundation (Tax ID #95-4669404).
“If you or your group is interested in participating in the Feinstein Food Challenge to help SAVES, please call us at (661) 267-5191, and we’ll be glad to work with you,” added Morales.
Feinstein Challenge collection points will also be set up at the Antelope Valley Mall, Sam’s Club, and branches of US and Chase banks.
Founded in 1991 by Alan Shawn Feinstein, the Feinstein Foundation is dedicated to the alleviation of hunger, the importance of community service in education and the values of caring, compassion and brotherhood. Feinstein’s past annual spring $1 million challenges to fight hunger have raised more than $1.5 billion for more than 1,800 agencies and houses of worship nationwide helping the needy.
Palmdale’s SAVES program has been successfully providing a practical and caring approach to serving people in need since 1983. During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, SAVES was able to provide 70,728 meals to families; 25,977 meals to seniors; 8,990 units of bread and bakery items; and 112 motel nights to displaced families and emancipated youths.
In addition, during the 2012 holiday season, SAVES provided 350 Thanksgiving baskets, 246 holiday baskets and more than 300 toys to children.
The city also sponsored a “50,000 Pounds @50 Years” food drive in 2012 which raised a whopping 56,258 pounds of food for SAVES.
For more information, please call SAVES Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. at (661) 267-5191. For more information on the Feinstein Food Challenge, visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org.
Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) food and shelter program, a participant in the 16th Annual Feinstein Challenge, is nearly halfway to its goal of raising 20,000 pounds of food, all of which will be eligible for matching funds.
“We raised 9,430 pounds of food during the month of March,” said SAVES Coordinator Patricia Morales. “Our goal is to raise 20,000 by the end of April. For every dollar or pound of food we raise, the Feinstein Foundation will match it with a dollar, up to $30,000.”
Keller Williams Realty, in conjunction with Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Mall, announced the results of their recent Red Day events.
Between their food drive and Red Day Walk, the groups raised $12,645 in cash and more than 10,000 pounds of food for local charities including South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES), Grace Resources, the WAVE Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Palmdale’s administrative and business offices will be closed from Friday through Monday, Jan. 2, for a cost-saving unpaid furlough, but emergency and maintenance services will still be available to residents.
City offices that will be closed beside administrative and business offices include the Palmdale Playhouse box office, South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) and Palmdale City Library.
PALMDALE, Calif. — Northrop Grumman took to the skies above Palmdale today with its latest high-flying drone built for the Navy.
The 90-minute test flight, part of the Navy’s MQ-4C Triton Broad Area Maritime Surveillance program, was declared a success.
The MQ-4C Triton is designed to stay aloft for up to 24 hours at elevations of more than 52,000 feet and is fitted with sensors that enables it to detect and classify different kinds of ships up to 2,000 miles away.
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Peter Sagan of Slovakia sprinted past Australian Michael Matthews to win today’s third stage of the Tour of California, the nation’s largest cycling event.
Sagan completed the 110.3-mile stage from Palmdale to Santa Clarita in four hours, 20 minutes, 31 seconds. Each of the next 99 cyclists were credited with the same time.
“The last three kilometers were crazy with all the sprinters who wanted to win,” Sagan said.