VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. -- Food Share has expanded its operations after a donation of a 37,000 square foot warehouse in Oxnard on Friday.
Surfaces USA provided a free warehouse for Food Share to use while the building is on the market to be sold.
Due to an increased in food insecurity, Food Share, a Ventura County hunger relief organization, has expanded its efforts to provide food to the community.
In addition to their new warehouse, the 146th Airlift Wing of the CA Air National Guard provided help to set up the new space for packing of emergency food boxes.
The CEO and President of Food Share gave the following statement:
“We were bursting at the seams trying to store and distribute the additional food we’ve had to bring in to meet the current level of need. Since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we’ve increased the amount of food we purchase a month from $50,000 to $300,000. Lawrence understood the problem that was being created at our existing warehouse facility and stepped forward without hesitation. We are beyond grateful for his support for us and our community.”Monica White, President & CEO of Food Share
Food Share say one in six people in Ventura County experiences food insecurity. They say with the mass layoffs, furloughs and reduced working hours caused COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people experiencing food insecurity has skyrocketed.
Food Share has served more than 120,000 individuals in just the past two months.
They also say many of the attendees of 50 emergency drive-thru food distributions were first-time recipients of food aid.
For more information of Food Share, click here.