The Food Pantry is a core expression of Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s relationship and support of the larger community. We welcome our neighbors who experience hunger and food insecurity to join us on Saturday mornings, and our doors are always open for emergencies. Clothing is also given as donations are received.
Over 700 bags of food are distributed each month to more than 1,500 people in our community.
We invite and welcome donations of non-perishable food items and gently-used clothing, as well as financial contributions. By collecting offerings of food, we express both our understanding for the consistent need for food to survive and our solidarity with those who are hungry.
The Food Pantry offers hospitality, warmth, coffee, snacks, and other refreshments for our guests who join us. The volunteers treat our guests with dignity and respect, and try to learn people’s names and stories.
Lunch Bag & Grocery Programs
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Lunch Bag and Grocery Programs
Our Food Pantry has two food programs, and each guest self-selects which one they prefer –
Lunch Bag Program – Our Lunch Bag Program provides ready-to-eat items for those who may be homeless or do not have access to a place to cook.
Grocery Program – The Grocery Program offers more food, but much of it needs to be cooked (such as rice, pasta, or beans). We offer the food items to our guests for them to select what they would like. (In other pantries, pre-bagged groceries are handed out, which can lead to waste when people receive items they don’t eat). The program is a way of recognizing and extending dignity, acknowledging the humanity and recognizing preferences of each person.
There is a great sense of community and diversity among all who gather, including volunteers and Food Pantry guests alike. When available, we offer gently used clothes or other items (examples: toys, books, clothing, shoes and more).
Our Food Pantry Partners
Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s Food Pantry partners with Hope Net, a local non-profit that coordinates the efforts and pools the resources of about a dozen faith communities who are committed to sharing food with our neighbors (www.hopenetla.org). Most of our food comes from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and is delivered by the Hope Net truck driver. We are always open to and grateful for donations of food or clothing, whether from individuals or groups doing food drives.
The Food Pantry is open on Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:30 am, and is located in the church basement and accessible through the Catalina Street entrance. Volunteers may come one hour earlier at 8:30am on Saturdays to prepare bags and assist with the operation of the Food Pantry.
If you are interested in volunteering at the Food Pantry, please contact the Food Pantry Director at 213.389.3191 extension 309.