Food Pantry

Mobile Food PantryIn many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 7 Americans, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.

Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. We all know and are in contact with people affected by hunger, even though we might not be aware of it. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. Most of us simply have no idea that this is happening in our Community!

At the Cathedral Center we are committed to providing our Food Pantry to the low-income senior residents of the Tierra del Sol complex in Cathedral City and our neighboring community. Supplemental grocery items are provided to those who may be on fixed incomes, widows(ers), unemployed and working poor experiencing a crisis. Emphasis is placed on treating everyone with dignity and respect.

Approximately 268 participants and their extended families are served each Monday. This past year a total of 3,750 distributions were made with the expectation that the need will increase by 20% in the coming year.

Our Food Pantry program is made possible by food donations from our partners: F.I.N.D. (Food In Need of Distribution) Trader Joe's - Cathedral City and Hidden Harvest in addition to financial support from the Agua Caliente Tribe of Cahuilla Indians and the City of Cathedral City, CA. The Pantry uses monetary donations to purchase additional items to fill in any additional items needed.

Volunteers travel every week in the Food Pantry van to the providers to select wholesome food based on 14 different dietary programs, including low sodium, diabetic, kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant, and others. All seven basic food groups are represented with an emphasis on proteins, fresh fruits and vegetables. Additional items such as shampoo, conditioner, soap, sun-block, toothbrushes, moisturizers, band-aids, and antiseptic creams are available. Some of those who receive food also volunteer to participate in unloading the vans, sorting the food, and setting up stations for food distribution.

Nutritional and food safety information encourages our participants to maintain a nutritious diet. None of the perishable food is prepared or stored, as all of the foods collected are distributed directly and immediately to clients. Food items are reviewed and approved prior to distribution by the Cathedral City Senior Center staff and volunteers who are all licensed food handlers.

The Cathedral City Senior Center invites the public to join our food distribution program on alternate Mondays:

1st, 3rd (and sometimes 5th) Mondays of the month

The Cathedral City Senior Center (9:00am - 11:00am)

 37171 W Buddy Rogers Dr.

 Cathedral City

 

For additional information about the Food Pantry and our other services, please call the Center at 760-321-1548.

 

 

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