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How Our Saviour Center, LA Regional Food Bank Partner Agency, Fights Hunger

How Our Saviour Center, LA Regional Food Bank Partner Agency, Fights Hunger

Rooted in the spirit of community outreach, Our Saviour Center was established as a nonsectarian agency under the Church of Our Saviour in San Gabriel. In 1985, it began as a small food bank in a rented storefront, providing essential sustenance to the most vulnerable families in El Monte.

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As individuals stood in line for support, dedicated volunteers took the opportunity to understand their diverse needs, ranging from healthcare and childcare to housing. Our Saviour Center stepped up to address these challenges, growing to offer a Food Pantry, Emergency Temporary Housing and Youth Development programs for at-risk, low-income families.

Located in the heart of El Monte, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank stands with our neighbors, committed to meeting the community’s evolving needs.

Since its inception in 1985, Our Saviour Center has remained steadfast in its mission of service and compassion. Through collaboration and dedication, they continue to support and uplift those facing hardships, striving to create a brighter future for all.

How a Food Pantry is a Pillar in its Community

Our Saviour Center’s Director of Operations, Jose Vega, shares that he originally started at the nonprofit organization as a young man and has grown into his current role. For as long as he remembers, the organization has partnered with the Food Bank for about 39 years. 

Vega shares that he and his team used to pick up food resources from the Food Bank in a small truck before growing into the current relationship where substantial food deliveries are made directly to the nonprofit. 

“This community is very low income with working families and any extra help they can get goes a long way,” he says. “Right now we’re serving about 250 – 300 people per day, twice a week.” 

“The need is here. It’s a lot of work running a program of this size but rewarding. We’re here to help, no questions asked. It is a process to get situated and wait in line for food however, people wouldn’t go through all of that unless they needed the help. Running a food pantry takes a lot of money to operate. If community members are inspired to give, it would help us continue our work.”

Nonprofit organizations such as Our Saviour Center and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank are able to function with the help and generosity of our community and hunger relief advocates. We encourage you to consider giving today to help us fulfill our mission of fighting hunger in our community.

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If you are in a position to do so, consider donating to the Food Bank and supporting our programs.

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