Food Pantry Feeds More Than the Hungry

Photo courtesy Yemi Kuku
With the pandemic limiting their volunteer options, Tony and Jacque Collier (above) spearheaded a neighborhood food pantry outside of their home in Altadena, which has fed thousands during the crises.

At the outset of the pandemic, Jacque Collier found herself feeling like a lot of people — directionless and bereft of motivation. But when she began having trouble getting out of bed, she decided, something had to give.
Collier, who in normal times dedicates her retirement to volunteering countless hours, was clinically depressed. And that just couldn’t stand.
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Friends In Deed Food Pantry Needs Summer Donations

OUTLOOK Photo Friends In Deed Program Director Tim Nistler (right) directs volunteers on how to help shoppers find what food they need, including new staple items and the freshest produce available that day. Cash, checks and online donations are also welcome, according to Friends In Deed administrators.
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Friends In Deed Program Director Tim Nistler (right) directs volunteers on how to help shoppers find what food they need, including new staple items and the freshest produce available that day. Cash, checks and online donations are also welcome, according to Friends In Deed administrators.

As long as vulnerable people in the Pasadena area need access to food and groceries, Friends In Deed plans to be there with its Food Pantry to lend a helping hand.
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Friends in Deed Food Pantry Feeds Hungry, Gives Dignity

Photo by Camila Castellanos
Photo by Camila Castellanos

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” so read the iconic words etched at the base of the Statue of Liberty.
But during the past week of patriotic parties, one wonders if American poet Emma Lazarus, who penned the sonnet for the country’s beacon of freedom, could have imagined that 134 years later, the nation that is considered the world’s wealthiest also would be home to some 42 million people struggling with hunger, including 13 million children and 5.4 million seniors don’t have enough to eat, according to Feeding America.
Perhaps Lazarus might take heart, however, that in communities across America, nonprofits such as Friends in Deed in Pasadena strive to combat that hunger and give dignity back to the working poor through food pantries.
Located at the corner of Washington Boulevard and Los Robles Avenue, the interfaith collaborative Friends in Deed food pantry serves as a little market, allowing clients to shop for the food they like and need, especially fresh produce and proteins such as meat and chicken.
“This place is a real life-saver — I’m super appreciative of these guys,” said Ife Sangode, who was shopping at one of the food pantry’s new Thursday openings. The pantry just expanded its hours to open three times per week from the longstanding two days.
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