Contact: Delis Alejandro | 310-566-1530 |
St. Monica sponsors the monthly Loaves & Fishes Food Drive, which helps provide food to the Westside Food Bank and the St. Joseph Center Food Bank. The food is distributed to individuals and families in need in our local community and to organizations that work with people in need. Help us make sure that everyone can get the nutrition that they need.
Another opportunity on Saturday, May 20 to Help Feed the Hungry
Since the start of the pandemic St. Mark’s Catholic Church in partnership with NourishLA has collected and distributed 5000 pounds of food weekly to those in need. They host a weekly drive-thru/walk thru distribution which is set up in the parking lot on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm. Volunteers are needed this Saturday, May 20
Volunteers are welcome to help with various tasks:
-There are 3 shifts:
-7:30-11am (Set up tables, chairs, pallets, etc.)
-8:45-10:45am (Sorting and making bags)
Sign up on the link below:
Update on Online Donations
During the COVID lockdown, when we were unable to donate in-kind food donations, St. Monica, in collaboration with the Westside Food Bank, created an online link where parishioners could direct donations to the Food Bank. Since that time, St. Monica parishioners have donated approximately $7,740. In recent months parishioners have generously contributed another $610. With every donated dollar, the Westside food bank is able to provide someone in need with enough food for four hearty meals. For more on the work of the Westside Food Bank and their efforts to fight food insecurity, visit Westside Food Bank (wsfb.org) Thanks to all of you who donated online and made this possible.
Pandemic-Era Food Benefits are Over
More than 1.5 million LA County residents lost pandemic-era supplemental CalFresh benefits over the weekend. This cut has been coined a "Hunger Cliff" since CalFresh recipients will now lose $82 per month while families may lose up to $200 per month. More than ever, the Food Bank needs your support to combat local poverty and hunger. If you can provide a bit more in funds or food this month as a spike in people coming to Food banks is expected.
For more on this, check out a program featured on KTLA about this pressing issue.
Food insecurity is currently at an all-time high throughout L.A. and on the Westside—because of financial challenges sparked by the pandemic, many individuals and families are reaching out for food support for the first time. The need is great—for example, from March 2020 to October 2020, Los Angeles food banks distributed 145% more food than normal.
St. Monica is still teaming up with Westside Food Bank every second Sunday of the month to fight hunger! Westside Food Bank is a great community organization that provides food to individuals and to over 70 local agencies that serve people in need. You can help in either of two ways:
-Pasta sauce (in plastic jars)
-Snack bars (granola or protein)
Volunteers are always welcome! Contact Delis Alejandro at or 310-566-1530.