Food & Nutrition Center

Chefs who Care

 

More than 45 million Americans use food stamps. But even with food stamps many families are struggling to put food on the table. Nearly one in five Americans did not even have enough money at some point in the past year to pay for food.

 

Ladrea Clark, Nutrition & Health Education Assistant

 

 

 

WORKING FAMILIES TURNING TO FOOD BANKS

The Department of Agriculture reports about 5.5% (17 million people) of Americans suffer from "very low food security," meaning that had to skip meals or not eat for a day because of lack of money to buy food. Food-security issues are greatest in single-parent, households with children.

PERCENT OF AMERICANS WHO CAN'T AFFORD FOOD

For the last ten years on average, over 3,500 residents of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills have been registered with CSA’s Food & Nutrition Center – that’s about one in every 30 people in our area. We distribute over a ton of food item a day – five days a week.

Money not spent on food is spent on the other necessities of life: housing, education, clothing and medical care.

Community Services Agency distributes over a ton of food each work day to low income individuals and families, minimizing their food-insecurity. Our "food pantry" expands limited budgets so people can afford to pay for that unexpected medical help and/or car repairs in addition to the basics: school supplies, transportation to a job, rent, and utilities.

FOOD DONATION POLICIES

Line at the Food & Nutrition Center

Got food? We can always use more boxes of cereal, oatmeal, pop-top canned food items (fruits, vegetables, meat, etc.), pop-top fruits, vegetables, fruits, flour, sugar, oil, condiments, salad dressings, and so on. Check your fruit trees, too! Village Harvest will pick the fruit off your tree and bring it to us!

Non-perishable, unopened food only. We can’t accept unopened food leftover from parties or events (cakes, sandwiches, salads, etc.)

HEALTHY FOOD WISHLIST

You can drop off food during our normal office hours which are 8:30am to 4:00pm (M-F). Please kindly arrive before 3:30 p.m. to drop off any donations.

To arrange a food drive or food drop-off contact: Volunteer Director LaDrea Clark at 650.964.4630 or lclark@csacares.org.

Food & Nutrition Center - hours of operation

Monday 10-12 noon and 2-4pm

Tuesday 2-4pm

Wednesday 2-4pm

Thursday 10-12 noon

Friday 12:30-3:30pm

 Volunteer hours

Monday- Thursday 9:30-12:30pm and 1:30-4:30pm

Friday 9-11am and 12-4pm

 

What we hear from clients all the time:

"When you're hungry nothing else matters..."

"I never thought I'd be coming here..."

"Every little bit helps..."

What a CSA volunteer told us:

"I was surprised to see an employee from a local business I freguent here as a client..."


For more information regarding our Alpha Omega program, contact our Food & Nutrition Center Coordinator.