- Business Advocacy
After weeks of planning, Feed Alhambra sprang to life at 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, when an army of five organizers, nine donors, and 300 volunteers descended on Second Street in front of Alhambra High for a four-hour dawn set-up for the drive-through, assembly line, food distribution scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The hope was to feed 1,000 families, if supplies lasted. Cars began lining up at 7 a.m. What unfolded was a testament to the power of partnership. It was also a window into the scale of the hunger epidemic and food scarcity friends and neighbors are facing during the pandemic economy. Feed Alhambra opened early, no one was turned away, and the volunteers didn’t stop until the last box, bag, and package of diapers were given away. In all, 1,200 families were served in a safe, orderly way thanks to the Alhambra Police Department and Alhambra Fire Department. Every family was asked if they had participated in the 2020 Census and helped to do so if they had not.
“Alhambra Unified was honored to be part of such a magnificent endeavor to help those in the community who need it most,” said AUSD Superintendent Denise Jaramillo. “AUSD joined tireless organizers Alhambra First Baptist, Alhambra Teachers Association, City of Alhambra, and Alhambra High’s student VISA Service Club Boosters.
“We salute the generous donors, which included Worldwide Produce, LA Regional Food Bank, Tzu Chi, AEF, Alhambra Police Officers Association, Republic Services, Valley Vista Services, Transtech Engineers, and USDA. In addition, $5,500 was given to Feed Alhambra by organizations and individuals.”
The following was donated to supply each family with food kits for four:
21,000 lb. fresh produce.
Five tons non-perishable dry goods.
15,000 lb. pre-cooked frozen meat.
15, 000 lb. dairy products.
1,000 packages of diapers from Baby2Baby.
1,000 packages of baby wipes from Baby2Baby.
500 backpacks from Tzu Chi to AUSD students most in need.
500 gift cards.
Many of the 300 volunteers who signed up to help for two hours stayed all day.
“The need is still great. We are grateful that as of Sept. 4, AUSD can now offer free AUSD meals to all children age 18 and under through a USDA program, Seamless Summer Operations,” said Ms. Jaramillo. “Weekly food banks at Alhambra First Baptist, Monterey Park American Legion, and the Asian Youth Center in San Gabriel are also helping families.
“We are cheering our fellow Feed Alhambra organizers, the donors, and volunteers for their incredible demonstration of the power of partnership. Thank you all.”