Foothill’s Kitchen launches Sunday food drive

Foothill’s Kitchen launches Sunday food drive

The Foothill’s Kitchen will host a canned food drive Sunday evening during the Timebomb concert at Monrovia Library Park.

For nearly a decade, the group has partnered with more than a dozen other churches and religious organizations to bring over 2,500 meals to the homeless, and they say donations will count more than ever this year

“Where else can you see a Catholic nun in her 90s next to a Mormon missionary, working with members of the Baha’i faith?” Founding member Janie Duncan asked. “We’re just a bunch of people working together to make a difference.” Duncan is one of three founders, the others being Carol Daley and Pam Werner. They have been in operation for nearly three years.

The original mission was to provide a weekend meal for local homeless, but when Second Baptist Church closed its kitchen for remodeling, the Foothill’s Kitchen stepped in to help out. There are now two weekly meals until Sept. 1: Wednesday at noon at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; and Saturdays at 1 p.m. at the Methodist Church in Monrovia.

Hot meals aren’t the only thing Foothill’s Kitchen provides to the homeless. Their most urgent need is underwear. Unlike other articles of clothing, donated underwear must be brand new. Foothill’s Kitchen also accepts toiletries and shower products, which Duncan says is essential for homeless persons to fight stigma they face every day.

“There’s a lot of animosity regarding homeless people,” Duncan says. The group takes steps to protect the homeless, bringing them to local churches instead of congregating in public areas. They work to get people off the streets by putting them in contact with shelters and preparing them for job interviews. One member of Foothill’s Kitchen, Pam Warner, provides free haircuts.

But without donations from the community, its most vulnerable members would be left high and dry. Foothill’s Kitchen is determined to make sure that doesn’t happen.

“When you cook for people, and you’re running on donations,” Duncan said. “You have to be able to adapt immediately to whatever you get!”

Sunday evening’s canned food drive will be at Monrovia Library Park on Sunday evening. Just look for the big red wagon. More information can be found here.

This article has been corrected for clarity.

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