The following articles have been printed from the Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] – Volume 23, Issue 20
Forty tons of food was delivered to Santa Maria non-profit organizations
By Taylor O’Connor
Peanut butter, canned beef, settled milk, refried beans, and stew will make their way throughout the Santa Maria Valley by truckload for distribution among several community nonprofits.
Local church communications director Ann Harris said the national chapter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has donated 80,000 pounds of non-perishable food and other items to help residents of the Santa Maria area.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has an extensive welfare system of farms, canneries, and [it] They produce a lot of food,” Harris said. “From time to time, they have a surplus built up, and when that happens they distribute at the request of local church members.”
On July 12, two semitrailers full of food arrived from Salt Lake City at Santa Maria Church. Harris said the food was being given to local nonprofits and churches — including the Santa Barbara County Food Bank, Good Samaritan Shelter, and Catholic Charities — to be distributed to community members.
“No one wants anyone to go hungry. We just make sure that everyone in our community has food to eat.” “People with fixed incomes are suffering, and I don’t think the need has ever been greater than it is now.”
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Senior Director of Communications Judith Smith-Meyer said the organization has seen a 30 percent increase in new people coming to help because of rising costs.
“Increases in utilities, gas prices, and food prices are making it more difficult for more people than it is usually to put food on the table,” Smith-Meyer said.
Smith Meyer explained that the average number of people served to the food bank per month is 118,682 Sun By email. In May, the organization saw a spike of 150,000 people, who each received an average of 95 pounds per visit — 34 pounds from fresh produce, and 61 pounds from unproductive items.
There is a direct effect [on the food bank] in gas prices. We ship food between the North and South Province to make sure we have enough resources in place. We take them to distributions and hand them over to community agencies. “Inflation definitely affects the food bank as well, but we’re flexible and experienced, so we’re adapting to serve the community.”
Smith-Meyer said the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County has received more than 38,000 pounds from the Latter-day Saints donation — which will help provide the community with “volume and variety” in items like detergent and shampoo, not just standard groceries.
After the food bank collects everything, Smith-Meyer said, it will split its items between Santa Barbara and Santa Maria warehouses to make sure teams are equipped for further distribution.
We work with about 300 partners, programs and agencies [that] Orders can be submitted to the food bank through an online system using our inventory. Agencies can log into the system and request whatever they wish to receive.”
Smith-Meyer said the partnership with the Church of Latter-day Saints is important to the food bank’s business.
“that they [the church] It is important because it helps us serve more members of the community and a wider variety of needs than we typically do in other existing channels,” Smith-Meyer said. “This partnership has greatly increased the service capacity and diversity that we can offer.”