- Business Advocacy
Last March, City Councilmember Adele Andrade-Stadler and Alhambra Teachers Association President Tammy Scorcia were discussing the emerging COVID-19 virus and how it could impact the city and the schools. They concluded the global disease would only get worse and that the city and many of its vulnerable school students would feel the effects of it. They were right. But they were not content to be right; they began doing something about it.
They realized the greatest need faced by many families with school age children would be having enough food. They began conducting food distributions from Alhambra High School in March for economically stretched families verified by the school district. That effort was kicked into overdrive with the added concern of keeping everyone safe from the virus as well. When the schools closed, a new site had to be found for distribution.
Supported by a grant from the National Education Association (NEA), they began marshalling the energy of Alhambra school teachers and cobbled together a growing coalition of sponsors, coordinators, and volunteers. At first an open air curb side service was opened on Second Street between Commonwealth and Main Street, the site of the weekly Farmers Market. But that proved labor intensive and snarled traffic in the area.
So on Dec. 12 the program switched to home delivery. The Masonic Lodge parking lot was offered by Hugo Lara and the Alhambra Masons as a staging area, and up to 300 bags of groceries were assembled for distribution. All volunteers signed wavers and received temperature checks and food distribution was based on no contact delivery. The network of Albertsons, school teachers, and their friends and the Los Angeles Food Bank came through with much of the food, and volunteers filled bags with canned goods, dry goods including cereal and pastas, fresh fruit, and more.
Some of the many team members of this food distribution program include Voice of Immigrant Students of Alhambra High School, the FARMS program at Mark Keppel High School, the Alhambra Teachers Association, the Masonic Lodge, Asian Youth Center, the Alhambra Firefighters Association, the Alhambra Police Association, BMW of Alhambra, Vibiana Andrade, and Republic Services.
This monthly program can benefit neighbors from donations of food and volunteers. To help, contact either Councilmember Andrade Stadler at Andrade3@charter.net or call 626-378-4550 or Tammy Scorcia, Alhambra Teachers Association, at 626 289-1933.