Volunteer nutrition team helps feed thousands during pandemic

Volunteer nutrition team helps feed thousands during the pandemic

A small team of volunteers put their community first, helping feed thousands of families during the pandemic.

A small team of volunteers put their community first, helping feed thousands of families during the pandemic.

When the pandemic broke out, millions of children across the country were left without a reliable source of food. So the school districts took action and offered free meals to students in need. But in Azusa it was a small team of volunteers that made everything possible. Coming together at a time of uncertainty to help their neighbors who need it most.

“You can have fun in the summer, but every one of them said when we told them we had the opportunity to serve our community, they said, ‘Yes, sign me up,’ said Maria Calderon, director of food services .

With just 14 to 20 volunteers, the Azusa Nutrition team served the equivalent of 8,500 meals each week … and offered free healthy and nutritious meals to thousands of students.

“They are very diverse and all very nutritious and I love that we can cook some of the food they give at home. So it’s not just processed, it’s fresh, ”said Mary, a mother of three.

“It’s very important, especially with all of the people who have had tough times, especially people who have been out of work for a while. That has helped us a lot, especially with our food bills, our bills have certainly come down. It has helped us very much, “said the food program recipient Elizabeth.

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Now that the school year has started, Anaheim has personally welcomed the students. Even so, volunteers say that even in these troubled times during the pandemic, there are things like this that bring the community closer together.

“What surprised me even more is the heart people have for their work, it’s really a community service,” exclaimed Calderon.

The pandemic is not over yet and there are still millions of families struggling to get food on the table. If you’d like to help, you can always consider volunteering at local soup kitchens, donating groceries to a local pantry, or looking at national programs like Lasagna Love that will bring you together with a family in need.

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