COVID-19 RESPONSE

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The Los Alamos Foundation is responding to the needs of our community. We are now operating the Emergency Food Pantry on Saturdays from 11:00 to 1:00 at the Los Alamos Senior Center. Any person in need is invited to come. This is a drive through service, you need only give your name and the number of people in your home. There is no registration and no financial documents are required.

The Los Alamos Foundation is now the contact for 211 calls coming from our area. When we receive a call our ambassador, Laura, arranges to meet with the caller and provide food on an urgent basis.

Laura is also our official translator and uses her skills to help seniors understand paperwork, access hot spots to go online and get help with tele-medicine calls. Those seniors needing someone to grocery shop or pick up prescriptions can call Laura for assistance.

We have partnered with many others to provide this safety net for our community and we want to acknowledge and thank everyone:

  • Santa Ynez Valley Foundation granted us seed money to get the Emergency Food Pantry off the ground. SYVF is a long time supporter of The Los Alamos Foundation and Summer in the Park. We can’t thank them enough for their faith in us!
  • Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. Foodbank provides the bulk of our staples. Each week they send us hundreds of pounds of canned goods, rice, beans, fruit and produce. They are really the heart of the Emergency food Pantry program.
  • Veggie Rescue – Veggie Rescue gleans fields and sources fruits and vegetables from produce distributors which they then provide free of charge to the community. Each week we receive 1-2 deliveries of whatever is available. We hand these out at the school during lunch pick-up and also on Saturdays.
  • C.A.R.E. for Paws comes every Saturday to hand out dog and cat food and even chicken feed, free of charge. We all love our pets but in hard times pet food is one more added worry. C.A.R.E. for Paws eases that burden.
  • Bell’s Restaurant has been providing high quality meals 4 days a week for distribution to seniors and other’s in need in Los Alamos. On Wednesdays this function falls to Pico. Our staff and volunteers pick up and deliver these meals.
  • St. Marks in the Valley delivers soup and bread twice a week. These hearty, homemade soups, are much anticipated by those who receive them.
  • The Buellton Senior Center has made Meals on Wheels available here in Los Alamos. We currently have about 15 seniors enrolled and we are hoping to expand this service soon.

We also want to thank Santa Barbara Foundation for their grant that allows us have paid employees in the field helping those in need access the services they need,

Finally, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the community of Los Alamos and beyond. Individual contributions have made it possible to supplement the Foodbank food boxes with eggs, milk, bread, soaps, shampoos, baby wipes and more. Thank you for your generosity!