Chocolate-Cake-2006-Jan-04 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We exist to glorify God and to be His hands and feet to our community specifically those in need. We cannot take away everyone’s pain or suffering but we can bless them with a sandwich or meat, milk and sometimes a chocolate cake.
This email came in yesterday morning so I wanted to share it:
I just wanted to thank you so very much for allowing me to collect food for a woman in need from YAS. She has applied for the food stamp program but hasn’t been approved, so my friend and I are helping her out, and God is amazing!
The first time I collected food from YAS, my friend picked it up on Monday and delivered it to her that night. I mentioned her story to my boss, and he felt led to give her his tithe money in cash, which is unusual for him to do….period..he put it in an envelope for her and wished to remain anonymous…little did we know that monday morning her utilities were shut off, and even though they approved her for aid, she needed $187.00 cash the next morning…..the money was just enough for her bill with $12.00 left over. She said that night they ate the food YAS gave them, enjoyed the nice chocolate cake also with real MILK and knew God had taken care of them! I cannot thank you enough for the food, which made her burden lighter!
God is awesome the way He orchestrates our lives in PERFECT harmony! So anyway, this story warmed my heart and I wanted you to know how wonderful the YAS program is!
Thanks again for being obedient to God’s direction!
Near Bakersfield, California. Applicants for surplus food stamp grants by Farm Security Administrati . . . – NARA – 522182 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Binders full of apps | recorder, clerk, county – News – The Orange County Register.
In this Orange bubble, many are seeking jobs. At YAS every week we see new faces along with the old. Those that have lost jobs or are way overqualified for the job they are in. Every month we give out over 25,000 lbs of food here in this area locally. A community where most of the US thinks we are not hit by this difficult economy.
Thanks to you who give to organizations like ours. There are many. One family who just dropped off an envelope with money to us. We don’t know who they are but last year they started collecting their dollars and coins for those in need. The money helps pay for the gas that the van uses to pick up the food and the food we purchase from Second Harvest because we are an agency. Thank you for the many dedicated volunteers that come out weekly to help who are never recognized.
There are many great causes out there and we are one of them. We feed people in need.
What is a food pantry?
A food pantry is a charitable organization that distributes food and other products directly to those in need. Usually based on emergency or short term basis. (This is what we do!) For people like Hal who is 97 years old. He is retired from Disneyland as a bell hop in one of the hotels. I cannot believe he is 97, can you?
What is a food bank?
A nonprofit that solicits, receives, inventories, stores and distributes food and other products to various charitable agencies which tends to charge a fee to agencies in order to cover their costs.
The differences between food pantries and food banks are these:
As an agency, we do not charge a fee but we do pay a fee for food received from our food bank. We are very thankful for the food we are able to get but we do still pay agency fees which for us can be anywhere from 600.00 to 800.00 per month. A food pantry is where the local community can come and receive food for themselves and their family for no cost so we get to know the people personally (which we all love). A food pantry keeps the food local to those in the area of the location or the general surrounding area.
This is Francisco- he has had both knees worked on and can barely walk. He brings us avocados from his tree.
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My son Skylar purchased a pair of Toms Shoes for my third grandchild, Jaxon. I am not a fan of these shoes because I don’t like to be cold and they look like slippers to me. However, they are quite popular right now and the little shoes, Jaxon is only one, are pretty cute. I am a mom and a grandma so pretty is an accurate description but right on the box as I was opening them up was this statement, “With every pair you purchase, Toms will give a paid of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” I was totally impressed. Thank you Toms for thinking of those in need. There are many in the US who have a need too. Bless you!
Many older adults scramble to pay for food – USATODAY.com.
At YAS, we find that there are many older adults, not just elderly coming for food. The cost of food is very high and this economy makes it difficult for many to have jobs.