Legal-name: Help Me Help You
Address: 1301 W 12th Street
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit
Officer: Zina Washington, Executive Director
ContactName: Zina Washington
Title: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: To continue providing food to the homeless and low income community including children and seniors.
Periodoftime: 12 months
Audienceserved: low income, unemployed, underemployed, homeless, food insecure, elderly, children, and the disabled.
Demoofaudience: 8% African American, 40% Asian, and 45% Hispanic, 7% Other. 20% Homeless and 80% low income.
District: District 1 and 7
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided?: Since 2006 Help Me Help You has provided safety-net and emergency services to the homeless and low income community. We operate successful food pantries and food distribution services throughout the city of Long Beach and surrounding communities. We have also provided CalFresh (food stamps) and MediCal enrollment services since 2014. We are seeking funds to resume food services and begin providing disaster recovery services for victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant?: We seek to help homeless and low income clients access food. Three of our pantries operate at our client’s facilities. (At Stevenson Elementary School where over 400 students qualify for food services and we serve an average of 170 children every other week; at Goldstar Manor a Senior living facility we serve an average of 80 clients each week, and at Philadelphian Church we serve an average of 300 clients every other week.) Two of our clients have closed their sites due to COVID-19 and Stevenson is closed due to remodeling. Since the “Stay at home order” has been issued and grocery stores have run out of items, we have receive too many heartfelt calls every day asking when we will resume services. Through this request, we seek funding to continue providing vital food services to the community by opening a local distribution site. We also seek to hire a part-time outreach worker to meet the coming demand to enroll people, who have lost employment due to COVID-19, into CalFresh benefits. CalFresh is an additional necessary component that allows families and individuals to fight food insecurity.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist?: We will resume providing services to our regular clients, including homeless families and individuals, low-income families and individuals, seniors and children who have been living in a state of crisis, and to the new clients needing services as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: None at this time.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We have applied to No Kid Hungry.