At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pasadena Community Job Center implemented a plan to urgently respond to the twin public health and unemployment crises that were rapidly unfolding. As a response, Mano a Mano (Hand in Hand) was created in partnership with faith-based communities to develop a food basket distribution program to help local families in need.
In order to meet the needs of the community, we have engaged with over 300 volunteers to help with the food distribution and home deliveries. As well as, developed and distributed Covid-19 safety information in Spanish, providing safety trainings, distributing PPE, setting up a cash assistance fund and distributing the money to impact workers. We continue to serve the community with rental assistance and resources to assist them during this difficult time.
Since May 2020, we have helped over 5,724 families with food baskets through our food drive-thru distributions and home deliveries. We continue to assist the community by holding two food drives a month with the assistance of our staff and over a dozen volunteers from the community.
Due to COVID, contracted support is not always available, more costly when contracted for the pick-up and delivery of food, and at a time when we seek to further expand the resources we are providing the community, Mano a Mano is ready to have their own van! Having access to our own van will allow staff from Mano a Mano with a reliable source of transportation to pick up and deliver food baskets to our community. Help us reach our goal of $50,000 to purchase our own van. Donate at the link below.