- Business Advocacy
One of the problems that we all face during the COVID-19 situation is the ability to obtain food. In Alhambra, we are fortunate to have many outlets for food regardless of income. As you know, supermarkets are open and supplies are returning to normal after the panic buying that made the news. Just remember to wear masks when you are shopping.
Some local restaurants are also selling groceries. Among them is Yang’s Kitchen at 112 W. Main St. As reported in the Los Angeles Times, customers can order their available groceries as well as meals for takeout at Yang’s online store and schedule pick up. Big T Mini Mart/Krispy Krunchy, 240 W. Main St., also has groceries.
Last month, Around Alhambra printed a list of our local restaurants that are selling meals to go and for delivery. We hope you have had a chance to use these services as we do have some of the best eateries around, and we want them to still be here when this crisis is over.
We are also glad to let you know our Sunday farmers market on S. Second Street, between Commonwealth and Main, is open for business. This is the place for farm-to-table fresh produce. They have made changes to improve safety by increasing social distancing and cleanliness. The new precautions include four additional hand sinks spread out within the market, social distancing coordinators, and signs reminding customers to adhere to the new guidelines.
For senior citizens, the Joslyn Center is closed but they are passing out lunches on Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Qualified Alhambra seniors can get two boxed lunches and three frozen meals to go.
Many Alhambra residents have lost their jobs as a result of the current health crisis, so getting food is becoming more difficult. Fortunately several avenues are open for them.
The First Baptist Church, 101 S. Atlantic Blvd., provides food, toiletries, clothing, furniture, and homeless gift bags from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and delivers too. Pastor Matt Barnes and his volunteers feed up to 150 residents a week. To help feed our neighbors, you can help by sending checks to The First Baptist Church. Please write “Covid-19 families in Alhambra” on your check.
Another avenue for food in our area is the Asian Youth Center at 100 West Clary Ave., San Gabriel 91776. They are serving twice as many families in a week as they were for two months before this crisis began. Please e-mail email@example.com, or call 626-309-0622 if you can donate goods or services.
We are also seeing pop-up food collections and distributions throughout Alhambra. It started with the Alhambra Firefighters Association joining forces with Councilmember Andrade Stadler and donating over $1,000 toward food purchases and distribution.
Ms. Andrade Stadler then went to work with The Alhambra Teachers Association and community members, including Sasha Perez, Matt Cui, the Aviles, Marcia Wilson, Kaysa Moreno, and more! This resulted in more money and food donated, which helped them serve over 50 families with food and cleaning supplies. Many of the recipients are among the newest members of our community.
The Alhambra Unified School District has reopened their food program for students on a Grab and Go basis, first-come first-served, on a Monday and Wednesday schedule at Marguerita, Granada, and Ynez Schools. Details and applications for the AUSD program are available at this site: https://www.ausd.us/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=623240&type=d&pREC_ID=1897916
Another source of food that is delivered for people who have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness and cannot shop on their own is Project Angel Food. They can be reached at https://www.angelfood.org/about-us.
We thank all the people who are helping to keep Alhambra residents healthy and happy.