June 16th, 2020
It's hard to believe that we are over 3 months into the "Safer at Home" restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although many restrictions have and are being lifted, I wanted to assure you that we are still taking every precaution to keep clients, volunteers and staff safe. I also wanted to update you on where we are on several matters. As we continue to serve the Antelope Valley during this time of crisis, our primary focus continues to be feeding people in need.
So, how much food have we had come through the Resource Center since March 9th? We are rapidly approaching 1,250,000 pounds of food! Through groceries and hot meals we have provided over 500,000 meals! All of this possible due to the generous donations of so many in our community. Our focus, throughout this pandemic, has been #feedingtheAV. Whether through our Older Adult Expansion Program with La Regional Food Bank, #ProjectDoorDrop with partners Grace Chapel and the City of Lancaster, CA – Government, our Hot Meal program with so many partners here in the community or our own grocery distribution with partners like Children's Hunger Fund tens of thousands of people in the Antelope Valley who are homeless, struggling to make ends meet, senior citizens who were/are locked down or adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic have received food assistance!
You can sign up for Project Door Drop at www.projectdoordrop.com
Thank you to so many who have contributed financially, volunteered, donated food and/or prayed for the ministry of Grace Resources. Thank you! We couldn't have done it without you! If you can make a monetary donation please do so at www.graceresources.org or you can send in a check to 45134 Sierra Highway, Lancaster, CA 93534. Every bit makes a difference in feeding those in need in our community!
Here are some updates that you might find helpful.
Donations - We have been blown away by the generosity of so many in our community! Our most significant needs still are non-perishable, non-expired foods (especially pop-top cans for our homeless clients), hygiene items and financial donations. Food can be brought by the Resource Center Monday-Friday from 9:00am to 3:30pm. Monetary donations can be made at our secure website, Paypal or dropped in the mail. We are still unable to accept clothing and other household donations. Our goal is to begin accepting other donations sometime after July 7th. We are grateful for so many of you who have held on to donations for us! Thank you! Pictured behind us shows you why we aren't able to accept donations. Never have we had so much food going through the Resource Center!
Food - If you are in need of food you can come to the Resource Center once per week on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10:00am or 1:00pm. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early and bring an ID. We also serve hot meals to go every Wednesday and Friday at 5:30, Sundays at 1:30pm. We do occasionally serve hot meals on other days so follow us here to keep up to date. If you are a senior citizen or at risk of the COVID-19 virus and live in the City of Lancaster or Quartz Hill you can sign up to receive a weekly box of groceries through Project Door Drop. Our hope is to expand this program to other regions of the Antelope Valley soon.
Other Services - We continue to help families with diapers and wipes and our homeless friends with hygiene items. These resources are available Tuesday - Thursday from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Mail service for our homeless clients will be available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
In times of uncertainty, it is our faith that allows us to be certain that this season will pass. We know that there is a new season ahead and what every that season is, with your help, we know we will be able to continue to serve and bring hope to those in need in the Antelope Valley!
The help we provide to the community is made possible by the many generous members of our community. Donations as simple as clean socks can go a long way. With the summer season just around the corner, cool clothes and bottled water are needed and greatly appreciated. Donations are not the only way to participate! Volunteers are needed 6 days a week. From processing donations to serving delicious meals to the community, help is always needed.