Share The Love
THERE’S NOTHING ROMANTIC ABOUT HUNGER
February 1, 2011, Downtown Glendale Merchant’s Association and The Kiwanis Club of Glendale have launched “Share The Love,” a campaign to replenish The Salvation Army of Glendale’s food bank. The program will run February 1st to Feb 16th in a push to assist the Salvation Army that has been consistently providing for over 1100 families in the Glendale area.
Glendale, California — Downtown Glendale Merchants Association and The Kiwanis Club of Glendale have joined forces to lend support to The Salvation Army of Glendale’s food bank. With unemployment in California still hovering around 12% — a number that only represents those unemployed who are still eligible to receive unemployment benefits – there has never been a greater need for food donations in the community.
The DGMA and Kiwanis were informed by the Salvation Army of Glendale that their food bank was becoming increasingly low due to two factors: once the holidays are over, the needy are no longer “top of mind” and with the Salvation Army being only one donation point it is inconvenient for people. DGMA representatives solved both issues by creating additional drop off points at local businesses in conjunction with the Valentine’s holiday. The large Salvation Army donation boxes throughout the city keep the goal to replenish its food supplies in the forefront of citizen’s minds.
Helen McDonagh, President of the DGMA, “If it is convenient people will donate.” DGMA outreach resulted in over 17 donation boxes at participating businesses and civic organizations including Porto’s Bakery, Glendale Arts and Massage Envy Spa. The Glendale Police Department, Fire Department, City Hall, the Glendale YMCA and of course, The Salvation Army of Glendale on Windsor Avenue are all accepting donations.
The Salvation Army Food Bank’s greatest needs are any non-perishable foods – especially: dry pinto beans, white and brown rice, canned vegetables, fruits, soups and tuna, and spaghetti sauce and dry pasta.
The Kiwanis Club of Glendale partners with The Salvation Army of Glendale on many of its programs. According to Kiwanis President, Bruce Hinckley, “This past weekend [January 29th and 30th] our Kiwanis Club purchased one ton of rice and beans, then club members repackaged them into one-pound bags for The Glendale Salvation Army’s food pantry.” This generous donation recurs every quarter throughout the year.
About The Downtown Glendale Merchant’s Association (DGMA) — DGMA was founded in 2000 as a joint effort between the City of Glendale’s Department of Development Services and local merchants. Its mission is to unite area merchants to promote Downtown interests, increase business opportunities and facilitate communication between businesses and local government. Regular meetings are held monthly. DowntownGlendale.com
About The Kiwanis Club of Glendale – The Kiwanis have been a driving force since 1922 in improving the quality of life in our community, especially for children, conducting ongoing programs benefitting education, public safety and community well being through both financial support and community leadership. Club meetings are Fridays at noon at Glendale Elks Lodge: 120 East Colorado Street, Glendale.
About The Salvation Army Glendale Corps and Community Center – Salvation Army of Glendale is the heart of 8 dynamic programs serving the local area. The Glendale Corps continues to look for fresh ways to tackle the challenging problems faced locally and globally, from youth education to human trafficking. Its mission is to respond to the spiritual and social needs of its community. GlendaleCorps.org