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The West Valley Food Pantry is a coalition of ten congregations located in the west San Fernando Valley providing emergency food to the needy and homeless in the area. Founded in 1985 to make sure that the hungry, working poor and the homeless in the West Valley have access to emergency food. Although one of the largest pantries in the valley it is operated by a small organization of volunteers who serve balanced food packages to over 4000 needy clients or 37,000 meals each month at our facilities.
 
We operate 5 days a week (Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 3:00) and 10 to Noon on Friday. We are located in the kitchen of the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church at 5700 Rudnick Avenue in Woodland Hills (91367), a block north of Burbank Boulevard, and a block East of Shoup. We also assist the Family Rescue Center (Rescate) in Canoga Park at 22103 Vanowen Street.

Photos taken during the Post Office Food Drive - May 10, 2008. See the June Pantry Paper for details.  (Photographed by Ginny Kreuzberger)

We provide over 220,000 meals to over 24,000 people, and every effort is made to assure that these meals provide a balanced and nutritious diet. All regular clients must register and show evidence of residence between Reseda Boulevard on the east and Rinaldi Street at the north, west to the Ventura County line and south to Fernwood in Topanga Canyon. Clients receive a monthly food package and each package exceed 10 pounds; consisting of canned goods and non-perishables, balanced by fresh foods and are delivered at our cost of about 34¢ a pound. Albertson's, Ralph's, Trader Joe's, Pavilions, the LA Regional Foodbank, USDA, group collections and Food Drives (BSA, Businesses, Letter Carriers, Schools and others) are our sources.
Emergency food is available to anyone once a week under government requirements. Our registered clients receive a complete food package once a month. We also operate a "SENIORS" federally funded program from 9 to 11 am on the first Wednesday of the month. Seniors also registered as Pantry clients are also eligible for a regular Food Pantry package.
 
38% of our clients are the working poor or seniors on very limited income, 33% qualify for food stamps or are on Welfare, 29% have recent unemployment, and 10% are homeless or other. Our Volunteers serve about 2-1/2 hours, 1 day a month, purchase or take delivery of food shipments, stock shelves, validate client eligibility, maintain distribution records, occasionally shop for specials, buy and pick up food, as well as assist in the daily distribution.
 
Our meals cost from 35 to 45 cents depending upon contributions or about $81,000 of our budget, which is funded by contributions from congregations, service clubs, generous individuals, the National Charity League, and a FEMA grant. Operating and delivery costs are less than $4,000 (5%).
 
The West Valley Food Pantry is a coalition of ten members founded by the Prince of Peace Episcopal Church. The following is a list of the 10 coalition members, the associated organizations and their contact information:

1) Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
    email: office@emersonuuc.org   website: www.emersonuuc.org
    (818) 887-6101

2) First United Methodist Canoga Park
     email: office@umccp.org   website: www.umccp.org
    (818) 340-2950

3) Prince of Peace Episcopal
    email: office@popwh.org   website: www.popwh.org
    (818) 346-6968

4) Saint Luke's Lutheran
    email: Office_saint_luke@sbcglobal.net   website: www.stlukelutheran.com
    (818) 346-3070

5) Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal
    email: info@st-martins.org   website: www.st-martins.org
    (818) 348-1419

6) Temple Kol Tikvah
    email: execdir@koltikvah.org  rabbioffel@koltikvah.org  website: www.koltikvah.org
    (818) 348-0670

7) Woodland Hills Methodist
    email: deanschafer@dsl.extreme.com (until 2008)
    (818) 346-6528 (KOREAN 346-1617)

8) Woodland Hills Christian
    website: www.whcc-disciples.com
    (818) 340-5613

9) Woodland Hills Community Church
     email: whccucc@gmail.com   website: www.woodlandhillscommunitychurch.org
     (818) 346-0820

10) Woodland Hills Presbyterian
     email: office@woodlandhillspres.org   website: www.woodlandhillspres.org
     (818) 346-7894

  A) Family Rescue Center "Rescate"
    email: Rescate1@pacbell.net   website: www.rescatefamilycenter.org
    (818) 884-7587

  B) Valley Interfaith Council (VIC)
    email: nbevins@vic-la.org   website: www.vic-la.org
    (818) 718-6460  Cambria Smith x3011

  C) West Valley Food Pantry (WVFP)
    website: popwh.org/newpop/min_food_pantry.html
    Directory of Churches: www.churchangel.com
    (818) 346-5554  FAX: (818)346-3349