Khalsa Care Foundation is located in Pacoima, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley. In order to help under-served families in this area, the Khalsa Food Pantry was established in 2012. The food pantry was created with a single goal: to help families in need decrease the stress of obtaining groceries and providing food for their loved ones. For the past 8 years, this operation has been open every Friday providing anywhere from 75-100 families with fresh produce and dried goods. During the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen these numbers rise and are now seeing a minimum of 500 families every Friday. We have been able to serve this many people due to our partnership with councilwoman Monica Rodriguez. Thanks to her help in spreading the word amongst congresspeople, council members, and even the mayor’s office, we have the opportunity to serve more people and continue to make a difference.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the Los Angeles community greatly. Many people have unfortunately lost their jobs or fallen into a situation where they are struggling to maintain a roof over the heads of their families and food on the table. As this need arised, we recognized the opportunity for Khalsa Care Foundation to help with daily meals, in addition to the established Food Pantry grocery service. In the last 17 weeks, Khalsa Care Foundation served over 200,000 individual hot meals through the following programs:
- Hot meals were available for drive-thru pick up at KCF every Friday from April 11-June 26, serving over 1,500 meals weekly. This program was possible with the partnership of Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez.
- In partnership with the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office and the Department of Disability, from May 18-July 17, KCF volunteers prepared and packed 3,000 meals/day Monday-Friday which were delivered to people with disabilities.
- In addition to these programs, meals were being made and distributed to other various organizations throughout Los Angeles, including homeless shelters, hospitals, and non profit organizations helping low income families.
Through this seva, Khalsa Care Foundation has become known in Los Angeles as an organization that can help to provide meals/grocery/food service of any type to any community that needs it. Moving forward, meals will continue to be prepared on a weekly basis. This is a great opportunity for our community to serve those who are truly in need. We need volunteers to help prepare and pack these meals! Please feel free to drop by on any Wednesday to help in this cause.
When: Wednesday 8:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M.
Where: Khalsa Care Foundation Gurdwara
9989 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
Pacoima, CA 91331
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This initiative began in 2011 when members of Khalsa Care Foundation saw a need to help out the neighborhood community, especially during financially stressful times like the holidays. Each December, KCF puts on a ‘Sharing & Caring’ event for the underserved community in and around the Pacoima area. KCF creates a festive environment where low-income families can come and enjoy a day filled with carnival games, raffles, and hot food amongst other forms of entertainment. Additionally, each family leaves with 3 bags, filled with food, toys, and clothes. This program has become a very popular event in the Pacoima community and more than 3,000 people attend every year.
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