STORY BY MARTISSA AGUILAR, STAFF WRITER
PHOTO COURTESY OF LOVE ANAHEIM INSTAGRAM
With the start of “Giving Back Season”, Cypress and surrounding cities offer food drives, food banks, soup kitchens, and many more assistance programs to provide for the community during the fall and winter seasons. These programs also bring many volunteering and donation opportunities for any person to participate in.
Assistance programs such as food drives, pantries and clothing drives are in service all year long but as the weather gets colder, the demand for these services increases. Which is why food drives are more popular during fall and winter season, leading to high demand of donations and volunteers to maintain order at these beneficial events. Below there will be a list of local food drives and programs offering groceries and volunteer opportunities including donations.
Cypress College Food Pantry
Student Life & Leadership Building 8
Pantry Hours: Every Wednesday 9 am-12 pm & 2-4 pm
Students will be asked to register once during their first visit each semester, for all following visits students simply check in with a food pantry member.
The Cypress College Food Pantry accepts donations of non-perishable food and other items such as canned goods, cereal, pasta, pasta sauce and more throughout the school year by dropping them off in the Student Activities Center.
Cypress Senior Citizens Center
9031 Grindlay St, Cypress, CA 90630
Pantry Hours: Second Wednesday of the month from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Best to call before visiting the pantry to be certain about correct information, as for donations and volunteering you have to contact the center as well.
Holy Cross Lutheran Food Pantry
4321 Cerritos Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630
Pantry Hours: Tuesday 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pick up food in the parish hall by entering through a big gate near the office, you will be assisted by one of their volunteers.
Contact by phone for a volunteering opportunity.
Magnolia Baptist Church
720 S Magnolia Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804
Drive through Food Pantry: Every Thursday 10am-11am
Continuous volunteer opportunities on their website including:
Food bag packing, food pantry preparation, park cleanup and beautification, and community events.
These projects allow for a certain amount of volunteers and have specific dates and locations you can choose from.
All participants must sign a waiver.
1515 W North Street, Anaheim CA 92801
Pantry Hours: Wednesday 1-3 pm and Friday 10 am – 12:30 pm