The Pasadena Leos Club, a student-run club sponsored by the Pasadena Host Lions Club, will be at Ralph’s Grocery Store at Foothill Rosemead Market Place on Saturday, May 28 to seek donations on behalf of local food banks.
With members coming from different schools in the Pasadena area, Leos of Pasadena hold a local food drive during the month of May, when they ask members of the Pasadena community to donate and help mitigate worsening food insecurity across the country.
Ralph’s is located at Foothill Rosemead Market Place at 3601 E Foothill Blvd. Pasadena Leos Club food drive is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and food insecurity have soared, according to Feeding America, the largest hunger relief organization in the United States. In 2020, Feeding America said about 17 million people nationwide could be food insecure due to the pandemic, bringing the total to more than 54 million nationwide, including 18 million children.
Before COVID-19, food insecurity was at its lowest since the Great Recession, but it still affected 37 million people.
With the pandemic slashing income rates for millions of Americans, raising grocery prices and disrupting food supply chains, it has become increasingly difficult for low-income families to have the ways to feed themselves. In 2020, more than 60 million people in the United States turned to food banks and community programs for help putting food on the table.
Throughout the Pasadena area, organizations such as Foothill Unity, the Los Angeles World Harvest Food Bank, Union Station Homeless Services, the Pasadena Salvation Army, and Friends in Deed continue to serve people who come to them for help. These are the food banks that Pasadena Lions and Pasadena Leos Club members try to support.
Each of the food banks may have a different food wish list, but they generally include family foods such as rice, beans, spaghetti or pasta, burgers or tuna helpers, cereals and crackers, as well as canned foods, including vegetables, fruits, soups. , baked beans, spaghetti sauce, tuna and chicken.
In addition to Saturday’s event at Ralph’s, food donations can be dropped off at Foothill Unity in Pasadena at 191 N. Oak Ave., or in Monrovia at 790 W. Chestnut Ave., Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. at 15h ; Friends In Deed Pasadena, at 444 E. Washington Blvd., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Union Station Homeless Services, 825 E. Orange Grove Blvd. in Pasadena, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Los Angeles World Harvest Food Bank, located at 3100 Venice Blvd., also accepts food donations Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Donors can help Pasadena Leos reach their goal of breaking the record for donating 300 pounds of food in March by filling out a brief submission form at https://tinyurl.com/ycx2kr7c.
For more information on food drive, visit the Pasadena Leos Club website at https://pasadenaleos.weebly.
Pasadena residents interested in becoming a member of the Pasadena Host Lions Club can visit www.pasadenahostlionsclub.org or call (626) 765-7154.