“Please thank the community and CSA staff for all the support and information they have given us,” said a CSA client who attended our holiday gift card distribution in December. “It was a difficult year, but there is still much to be grateful for.” “Our clients have been very appreciative to receive gift cards for…
Our community is amazing – truly. Over the last few months in particular, we have received numerous inquiries about donating food – a huge thank you to everyone who contributed food, gift cards and funding support. With modified hours for client food distributions during the pandemic, we recognize that it is not always convenient to…
This year’s annual holiday food and gift card distribution event is coming up soon – launching on December 7th and continuing through December 23. The program is available to all Mountain View/Los Altos area seniors, individuals and families who meet CSA’s eligibility requirements and are registered CSA clients by December 21, 2020.
We’ve been busy! Here is a quick overview of what the CSA team – staff, volunteers and community supporters – have been working on.
Since the pandemic began in mid- March, CSA has had to pivot agency operations to meet increasing community need.
Overall, we have seen a 76% increase in the number of households served compared to the same period last year. That translates into over 1,000 new households who have signed up for services including groceries, rental assistance and more.
With the holiday season just around the corner, the CSA team is already gearing up for the annual gift distribution event for CSA client families on December 14 and 15. Food donations and gift cards from VISA, Target, Walmart, Amazon etc. are especially appreciated.
Autumn brings thoughts of cool crisp days, pumpkin patches, warm apple pie and harvest time. It also ushers in a season of gratitude and a time of reflection. Thinking about this past year at CSA and our Food & Nutrition Center (FNC), we want to take this opportunity to thank the many wonderful businesses and organizations we work with throughout the year who help to bring the harvest to our table. Our program served nearly 700,000 pounds of food to over 3,600 people in our community last year – a feat we could not have done by ourselves as it truly takes a village to care.
We have a unique canned food drive planned for the summer, a time of year when donations are historically low – a social media campaign designed to encourage everyone to bring at least one can of healthy food to their local food pantry.
Behind every rent check paid to a landlord and bag of food distributed is a team of case managers and support staff working with individuals and families seeking assistance. Throughout May we will be highlighting some of these champions who work behind the scenes to improve our clients’ lives. We are delighted to feature Christine Flego, Food & Nutrition Center Program Director in this week’s #BecauseICare campaign.
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It’s National Volunteer month, and we are delighted to feature some of our wonderful volunteers in our ongoing #BecauseICare campaign. This week we salute Nicole Schreiber, Chair of our Young Professionals group.
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