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 – 11:00 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 321.