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JFS { SOVA Community Food and Resource Program

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JFS { SOVA Community Food and Resource Program

Locations:
West:  8846 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035

Valley:  16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys, CA 91406

An Overview of What They Do:
“SOVA” is a Hebrew word meaning “eat and be satisfied.” The program offers Sustenance (free nutritious food); Opportunity (on-site services); Volunteerism (hundreds of people volunteer each week); and Advocacy (reaching out to the community and legislators).

“In 2016 JFS { SOVA Community Food and Resource Program distributed 180,000 meals to the community – over 2 million pounds of food, including ready-to-eat foods for those who are homeless.” In its grocery supplies, SOVA takes extra measures to insure that special dietary items (such as baby food, kosher food, and low-sodium foods) are all provided.

SOVA’s service centers are more than food pantries. On site, “clients can pick up a six-day supply of nutritious food; meet with a social worker, job counselor, or legal advocate; access referrals to multiple resources; or sign up for MediCal or food stamps.”

Regularly-Scheduled Events:
New Moms Connect
is a weekly program “designed to help new mothers and their families who are experiencing stressors and symptoms associated with Postpartum Depression by providing education, prevention, intervention and support services.” This weekly group does require an RSVP to attend.

Special Events:
Now is the perfect time to start to think about participating in JFS { SOVA’s Thanksgiving Virtual Food Drive. Donations provide struggling families the opportunity to participate in holiday festivities. And because JFS { SOVA has “leveraged buying power,” a donation of $25 provides stuffing, potatoes, gravy and more for eight families (at a regular retail value of $80). The Thanksgiving distribution is the largest distribution of the year, serving about 2,000 families.

How Families Can Help:
JFS { SOVA is largely dependent on private donations which makes it easy for families to get involved. Families can provide monetary donations and/or donate food. Food can be donated to a pantry location, and while all donations are gratefully accepted, JFS { SOVA is “most frequently in need of canned meat, tuna, and peanut butter.”

Families can also help JFS { SOVA each time they do their regular grocery shopping at Ralphs Markets. By simply registering your Ralphs Reward Card for JFS { SOVA, each time you shop and use your card, Ralphs will donate a percentage of your purchase amount to JFS { SOVA.

JFS { SOVA also provides Baskets of Hope. These custom-decorated food baskets serve as unique and meaningful centerpieces and are a perfect way to demonstrate your family’s commitment to helping those in need. They serve as a substitute for floral arrangements at birthday parties, a holiday table, and more.

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