HopeNet's Response to COVID-19
For the past 32 years, HopeNet and our network of food pantries have provided for those with the greatest need. Now, with the unprecedented effect COVID-19 has had on everyone’s daily life we are confronted with the fact that people’s financial stability, physical health and mental well-being are being stretched to the limits. Lines at our food pantries have tripled or quadrupled as more households lose income and families begin to prioritize how they are going to use their limited funds.
The past month has changed the way we live, the way we work and the way we play. Not until we return to some semblance of normalcy will we understand the greater impact the pandemic of 2020 has had on our community. For now, we forge ahead in any way we can while protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our community. We anticipate and hope that a vaccine will be discovered, treatments will be effective and the loss of life minimal.
Our network of food pantries has met this new challenge head on to accommodate the growing need. Immanuel Presbyterian, The Karsh Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and the Islamic Center of Southern California have added additional days to their distribution schedules. First Unitarian, United University Church, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and Wilshire Presbyterian have expanded their hours of service. All but one of our pantries have stayed open to continue providing food so that none of our neighbors go hungry. The one pantry unable to stay open continues to support their community and pantry partners by providing supplies and food from their storage when a need arises. Even though we are distanced socially, we remain a strong and effective team.
In addition to the services provided by our network of pantries, HopeNet staff is actively engaged in our mission by delivering food to homebound seniors and individuals with disabilities so that they do not fall through the cracks. We are providing transportation of supplies and food to the pantries when necessary. We acquired and distributed over 300 face coverings to staff and volunteers for everyone’s health and safety and more are coming. We will continue to be of service for as long as possible.
But, now we are in need of your support. The stay at home orders, the shuttering of restaurants, and the closure of public spaces has limited our ability to raise funds as we have in the past. Your past financial support has allowed HopeNet to provide food, resources and in-person support to our growing network of pantries. Would you consider once again donating to HopeNet? As always, your donation is tax deductible. We have made the process of donating online simple so that there is no need to leave the house while we are under the stay at home orders.
All payment is processed through PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account to donate.