Two large shipments of canned, non-perishable food items from Deseret Industries, the humanitarian aid arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City, will help those in need in Porterville.
The first shipment arrived on September 15th. A 52-foot Deseret Industries semi-trailer delivered 24 pallets of assorted foods and supplies. On Monday, September 20 from 8 a.m. to noon, food will be picked up by various non-profit groups in Porterville. Volunteers will load boxes of food into vehicles from the warehouse where they are currently stored.
Food is temporarily stored at PSW warehouse in 1924 S. Newcomb. Nonprofit groups will help distribute food to those in need over the next two weeks. The timing is perfect as the warehouse is vacant due to the pandemic, shared Don Sowers, executive director of PSW.
Food distribution will be organized by the Coordinating Council of the Porterville region. It will go to over 20 small local non-profit groups in the Porterville area. PACC director Ryan Land and board member Fred Beltran work directly with nonprofits to receive the food. Any organization wishing to receive a food donation can contact the PACC office, (559) 793-0213.
Local members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints supported the significant donation to the community of Porterville by educating LDS Humanitarian Aid of local needs. The LDS Humanitarian Aid the donation of surplus food is generally used to support emergency response efforts in a global disaster, but on occasion, surplus resources become available for communities like Porterville. A second shipment of food is expected to arrive in Porterville on October 13.
Porterville nonprofits that benefit from food deliveries include: Honorifica Commission Inc .; Pantry of the Lutheran Church of the Trinity; Wellness Center; St. Anne’s / Knights of Columbus pantry; Parental network; Porterville Pregnancy Resource Center; Seventh-day Adventist Church; Hispanic Apostolic Church; Day services for adults in the valley; Poplar Church.
Porterville JC junction; Autumn Oaks retirement home; Strathmore pantry; gleaners of Porterville; Environment of the central valley; Springville Pantry; Terra Bella Food Bank; First Baptist Church.