Legal-name: Long Beach Community Table
Address: 3166 Ostrum Ave.
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: 501(c)(3) nonprofit, with a Platinum rating on Guidestar.
Officer: Kristen Cox
ContactName: Kristen Cox
Title: Executive Director
GrantPurpose: Our mission is to expand our current operations to meet the nutritional and hygiene needs of the city’s most vulnerable people, who are growing in number due to the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 virus.
Periodoftime: April 1st through June 30th, 2020.
Audienceserved: Homeless, food insecure, unemployed, elderly, veterans, homebound, children and low income families.
Demoofaudience: Low income residents of all ages and ethnicities.
Numberofserved: 200 or more a week on top of our current 1100.
District: The greatest need is in Districts 1,2,6,7,8,9. However, we deliver food to needy people throughout Long Beach.
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : LBCT began to expand our operations in mid-March as government policies resulted in more people requesting our support. We are helping more people at our weekend park distribution of food and hygiene essentials, which we anticipate to continue rising over the coming 2–3 months. We have received and served a significant increase in home delivery requests ever since the “lockdown” began over a week ago; the majority are from low-income seniors and their case workers, who are unable to get groceries on their own.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : The grant dollars requested from the Long Beach Community Foundation are intended as a support during this high-need period to protect the health and dignity of the high-risk citizens of Long Beach. We intend to continue expanding our distribution to homebound Long Beach residents with physical disabilities or medical conditions to include low-income seniors and immune-compromised individuals. In addition, we expect to multiply the number of people we serve each weekend during our community park distribution as the need grows in the surrounding distressed neighborhoods.
This grant will give us the means to rent a cargo van (as a second vehicle) in order to augment deliveries to our existing weekday distribution. A volunteer driver can maneuver more nimbly through food deserts several times a week, expanding our ability to distribute in multiple areas, to greater numbers of those in need. We will use the funds for fuel and insurance, along with our own distribution vehicle, since we will be increasing the use of our original bus as well. We would also like to compensate our committed and critically needed staff who are involved in coordinating the distribution of food to the most vulnerable members of our community during the current Coronavirus crisis. The compensation will allow for a part-time coordinator to remain focused so as to adapt when and where needed—in donation outreach, along with pick-up & drop-off scheduling.
We will be going into Long Beach food deserts providing healthy and nutritious food, recipes, hygiene products, masks, etc. We plan to service both school-age children (who aren’t currently offered a lunch program or can’t attend a program) as well as college students that are struggling financially. LBCT has been invited to collaborate with ASI Beach Pantry at California State University, Long Beach, which has been temporarily closed due to virus concerns, to co-host a food pop-up for students in need. We also intend to increase our outreach with flyers and videos on our website and social media on how to grow gardens, as well as providing seeds and soil to those who would like to plant their own vegetable gardens for increased self-sufficiency.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? We will assist City Heart, Drop In Center-Homeless Assistance Program (MHALA-The Village); WISE and Healthy Aging (via an elder abuse social worker); ASI Beach Pantry at CSULB; and numerous at-risk, low-income, elderly, and/or immune-compromised individuals who have reached out to our organization online or via social media for help with food; and any future requests as they come in, along with veterans, homeless, students and other homebound individuals who cannot access food or hygiene for physical reasons.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: We have received donations from individuals in the community and are in the process of setting up targeted fundraisers.
We have received approximately $1,000 so far.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We are currently applying for the No Kid Hungry Emergency Response Grant.