Our Mission Statement
Provide emergency food, clothing, resource assistance and educational
programs to families in need during times of crisis. Provide the necessary
tools and resources to help them become self-sufficient
Strengthening families for a stronger community
The people who utilize our services come from all walks of life. We all experience difficult times in our lives and sometimes we need a helping hand. More than 50% of the people we serve are experiencing a very temporary situation and just need a little help to get them through a rough time. Our volunteers genuinely love helping people and go out of their way to try to meet the needs of everyone we serve. The most rewarding part is the smiles and expressions of gratitude from those we serve.
In 2004, Shepherd's Pantry began as a free emergency food delivery service for residents of Glendora, CA and surrounding communities. We began with a small group of volunteers delivering non-perishable food on Wednesday evenings. Food donations were stored in a local rental storage unit until ready for delivery once per week. Because of the growth experienced during our first year, a second food storage unit was added in late 2004.
By mid 2005, the decision was made to search for a facility in Glendora so we could expand our service to include walk-in food service facility. A suitable facility was located in late 2005 and the doors were opened to the public on April 12, 2006. The number of deliveries and people served has increased significantly since the April 12th 2006 opening. In addition to serving food, we also counsel with clients to determine other types of services they may need. As a result of our resource counseling program, we determined there is a tremendous need for clothing so we opened a clothing distribution center in August 2008. Because of the increased demand for clothing, we have enlarged the clothing distribution area to 1,500 sq. ft. We may not always have the answer every client is looking for but we do have access to other resources that may provide the solution they need.
In January 2011, we decided to start a children's reading tutor program on Monday afternoons. We currently tutor about thirty children with a staff of fifteen volunteer tutors. Our tutors have varied backgrounds but some are retired teachers and others are college students. In August 2011 we held our first one week summer camp which included, reading tutoring, crafts, science projects and outdoor games. Thirty children signed up for the summer camp and at the conclusion each child received a free backpack filled with school supplies.