More than 250 people, all looking to put food on their table, found it at the Holy Family Giving Bank early Monday morning.
It’s a weekly ritual from 9 to 10:45 a.m. for the underprivileged, pleased that others are willing to help those in need. Residents from South Pasadena, El Sereno and Alhambra were among those receiving a variety of free offerings at the South Pasadena church.
“Of course, if someone comes to us outside the area, we’ll help them that one day, then direct them to a place where they can receive food closer to their home,” explained Marlene Moore, director of community services of the Giving Bank, which is part of Feeding America, an agency associated with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Food for the Giving Bank comes from Food 4 Less, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Costco, Panera and Europane.
Meat, produce, canned goods, and breads were some of the items the disadvantaged filled their bags as they went through the food line. Others waited in another line to receive much-needed clothing.
Taking it all in on Monday was Assemblyman Chris Holden, whose 41st District represents South Pasadena. Holy Family officials and South Pasadena City Council member Robert Joe took the assemblyman on a tour of the Holy Family Giving Bank at St. Joseph’s Center.
“It’s nice to see that there’s a giving and charitable heart amongst people in the world, and certainly it comes home here in South Pasadena,” he said. “It’s a very holistic program, providing food, resources, clothing and a whole variety of things families need. It’s good to see that the human heart is alive and well.”