West Side Food Pantry in state of emergency
by Brooke Borba | Patterson Irrigator
Jan 27, 2014 | 2196 views | 0 0 comments | 33 33 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As of Monday, Jan. 27, Patterson’s very own West Side Food Pantry has declared they are in a state of emergency. The issue does not reflect monetary burdens, but a lack of volunteers.

West Side Food Pantry helps more than 8,000 people each year since it opened its doors in 1991. The organization operates on private donations and grants, and serves the communities of Westley, Grayson, Patterson and Crows Landing. Without volunteers, the pantry will be unable to keep up with the amount of work needed to help feed hundreds of needy patrons.

“We are in desperate need of volunteers in order to keep this place open,” said Paula Medina, secretary for the local pantry. “Closing its doors is not an option.”

Volunteers are encouraged to donate roughly two and a half hours of their time once a month for the cause. Help is especially sought after from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at 20 S. 5th St.

The local pantry has been in need of volunteers after an accident occurred to the pantry’s recent president, Sylvia Soberanis. Soberanis was placed in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in San Jose shortly following Thanksgiving Day after succumbing to a hard fall.

For information: Palua Medina, paula_obleda@frontier.com

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com

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