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Lend A Hand Ending Hunger

Myriad opportunities exist for those who seek to play a role in ending hunger and homelessness in Laguna Beach, said Faye Chapman, who chairs the city’s Housing and Human Services committee. November is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness month, which kicked off with this...

Food Pantry Gets A Windfall

Laguna Board of Realtors’ Charitable Assistance Fund surprised Laguna Food Pantry chair Andy Siegenfeld with a $12,000 check at an awards presentation last month, far surpassing the grant amount requested. “We were overwhelmed with the generosity of this grant,” said Siegenfel...

Pantry Door is Always Open

Editor, Last week, one of our favorite shoppers at the Laguna Food Pantry reappeared after being gone for quite a while.  When I asked where he’d been, he said that he had found a little part-time work. “But still, why didn’t you come in on one of the days you...

Big Sunday is a Big Success

Big Sunday, a national weekend of community service sponsored by the Laguna Beach Interfaith Council, netted 2,500 lbs. of donated food items and $1,000 in donations for the Laguna Food Pantry. “The Interfaith Council’s mission is to assist our community’s less fortunate, and...

Personnel File

Food Pantry Gains New Board Members Two new volunteers joined the Laguna Food Pantry board, chair Andy Siegenfeld announced. They are Elizabeth Breckinridge Haines, who has a degree in international public administration, andBill Baaden, a former small-businessman whose outreach...

Care Restocks Pantry

Editor, This past weekend, the Interfaith Council of Laguna Beach held its annual Big Sunday Food Drive. At Albertsons, Pavilions, Ralphs and Whole Foods, volunteers asked shoppers to buy a bit extra to help stock the shelves of the Laguna Food Pantry. The community’s...

Rhythm Riders Pedal for Food

In its first five years in business, stationary bikers – or “spinners” – have flocked to Shelley Arends’ tidy studio on the second floor of the Village Faire building. To mark this milestone of her business success, Arends and her physically fit crew are holding “Six for Five,” a...

Fundraiser Hits a Grand Slam

Over 300 supporters attended “Laguna’s Field of Dreams”, a fundraiser at Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Resort in support of Laguna Beach Little League. Guests were greeted by a “green turf” carpet, Southern fare and a raffle that included signed Angels memorabilia courtesy of local...

Many Hands Fill Pantry’s Shelves

Editor, The Laguna Food Pantry wishes to thank the many people and organizations that made this year’s citywide food drive the best ever.  Waste Management estimates that it collected well over 10,000 pounds of food to distribute to our more than 500 shoppers weekly. We are...

Food Drive Pick-up

  Bag it or box it and put it curbside on trash day for Laguna Food Pantry, now through Nov. 8. Waste Management’s food drive pickup team will deliver nonperishables directly to the Pantry, which provides free groceries to those in need. Most-needed items: cereal, pasta,...

Volunteers Keep Pantry Humming

Editor, In the past, I’ve expressed gratitude to local markets, organizations and individuals who have supported the Laguna Food Pantry.  Because of them, our non-profit has been able to provide free groceries to many families and individuals dealing with economic hardship....

Gratitude for a Trio of Blessings

Editor, 2013 has been an exciting year for the Laguna Food Pantry, and the month of May has produced much of that excitement. On May 10 at its Taste of Charity gala, the Laguna Board of Realtors honored our organization as one of this year’s recipients.  Our board and...

Setting a Gift-Giving Example

Editor, Last weekend, our dear friend and volunteer Cathy celebrated a milestone birthday. Instead of receiving gifts at the party, she asked that her friends bring non-perishable foods for the Laguna Food Pantry. Fortunately for us, she is loved by an inordinate number of...

Food Pantry’s Newest Friends

Editor, We have great news for our Laguna Food Pantry visitors. Steve, the new manager of Crystal Cove’s Trader Joe’s, has invited us to pick up produce, meats, bread and flowers seven days a week.  And over in Laguna Hills, Laura and Jeff received permission from...
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