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 opened our Children’s Reading Comprehension Program which has been growing ever since. In Spring 2015 we added a Children’s Math Tutoring Program, both operating on Monday afternoons with over 25 volunteers between the two programs. During the summer months we have added a one-week summer camp which includes reading comprehension activities, crafts, science projects and outdoor games. At the end of the week a free backpack filled with school supplies is provided to the children in the summer camp program. Our greatest desire is for these families to grow and succeed through development of their children’s self-esteem and confidence.