Multiple churches, groups working together in food drive

Under the banner of “Mormon Helping Hands,” members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, together with other churches, organizations and school campuses, have set aside Saturday, April 25 to serve their local communities.
“While church members have always been involved in community service, this is the first time that all of our Southern California congregations are concentrating their efforts on the same date,” said Tom Ahlstrom, a church leader who oversees seven local congregations.
“The service projects throughout Southern California will vary but probably none will be more ambitious than what the Long Beach, Lakewood, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach congregations expect to accomplish.”
“In these hard economic times, more and more people need help in feeding their families and the service organizations that provide this food simply are not getting enough donations to meet the demand,” said Stacey Tate, project coordinator. “Project Pantry will meet this need by collecting over 10 tons of food and foodstuffs on April 25. Hundreds of our volunteers will join with others to distribute bags for food prior to April 25 and then pick them up, sort them and deliver them to food pantries serving the poor in Long Beach, Lakewood and Los Alamitos.”
The three organizations benefiting from this effort are Project Shepherd of Lakewood, Centro Shalom of Long Beach, and We Care of Los Alamitos.
“Project Shepherd provides emergency food assistance throughout the year to Lakewood residents in need,” said Mike Johnston, Lakewood Rotary Club member and Project Shepherd chairman. “We certainly appreciate the many generous community members who give food and donations to help their neighbors.”
All food picked up on Saturday, April 25 will be delivered to We Care at 10941 Reagan Street in Los Alamitos between 11am and noon for sorting before being redistributed to all three organizations.
To ensure receipt of a bag for pickup prior to April 25, contact Tom Poe at (562) 431-6046 or poecom@socal.rr.com.

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