Checkbox-571: #1, #5
Legal-name: Anaheim, Orange, Cherry, 7th Street Neighborhood Association
Previous-name: AOC7 Neighborhood Association
Address: 1150 E. 4th Street
City: Long Beach
Organizational-status: Partners of Parks.org 501(c)(3) non-profit
Officer: Mary Simmons Board Member
ContactName: Mary Simmons
Title: Board Member
Tel-952: 562 758-5751
SecondaryPhone: 562 758-5751
GrantPurpose: Feed hungry families who have been financially impacted by Covid-19.
Periodoftime: We plan to serve 133 families within a two month period, our goal is to serve 66 families per month.
Audienceserved: Low income, unemployed, food insecure, families, seniors, immunocompromised and adult foster youth students.
Demoofaudience: We plan on serving anyone who has been affected by Covid-19 including all ages and ethnicity but primarily our low income communities.
Numberofserved: We plan on serving 133 families.
District: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? : During this crisis, many of the residents continue to struggle to provide food to their families due to loss of job wages. We created partnerships with several grass roots organizations to help address the urgent needs of our neighbors during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In collaboration, AOC7, Khmer Parents Association, Midtown Business Improvement District, Long Beach Green Room, LBCA and the Orange County’s Credit Union have reached out and identified families, seniors and immunocompomised residents who needed emergency food and critical care assistance. The Midtown BID, Green Room and LBCA shopped for groceries at our small local businesses on the Anaheim Corridor to provide the cultural food that our community is used to eating. They shopped at KH Market, Dong Mai Market, La Bodega and La Gaviota Meat Market also providing and bringing some economic relief back into our local small businesses that have also been affected by Covid-19 to help them thrive. Most of these families are in the 90813 zip code in the neighborhoods adjacent to the Anaheim Street corridor and include monolingual Spanish speaking and Khmer speaking residents. When our community partners are buying food to deliver to these families, several of these stores have donated additional food to help support our work to help our neighbors in need. AOC7 connected all of our partners with the City of Long Beach’s Health and Human Services and Organic Harvest Gardens to start providing their free organic raw produce grown in Long Beach that will be delivered to seniors weekly as this produce is currently not able to be sold to closed local restaurants. We have also referred families to WE LOVE LONG BEACH and single mom’s to California Families in Focus.
In addition, we were just awarded a $5,000 Sponsorship from Marathon Petroleum to purchase $150.00 gift cards for groceries at our local mom and pop’s stores as well as some larger supermarkets so that residents that don’t live in the area can also shop at Food 4 Less, Ralphs, Smart & Final and Northgate Market. We will be able to provide 33 hungry families with $150.00 grocery store gift cards with the $5,000 Sponsorship from Marathon Petroleum.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding? This grant will provide emergency food assistance for 133 families approximately 500 people to get $150.00 to buy the food of their choice.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? Khmer Parent Association, Step Up! Step Out! Long Beach, Rose Park Neighborhood Association, Heart of Ida, CSULB and North Pine Neighborhood Alliance,Midtown Neighborhood Association, Craftsman Village Historic District to identify and refer families, home bound seniors, immunocompromised residents and former foster young adults that need immediate food assistance.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? : We have partnered with and received in-kind food donations and critical care needs that were purchased by our community partners and went directly to our hungry residents for groceries, water, toilet paper and masks. The exact amount is unknown but we were able to help twenty families.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We were awarded a $5,000 Sponsorship from Marathon Petroleum to purchase grocery store gift cards to support our efforts to feed hungry families impacted by Covid-19. Each grocery store gift card will be for the amount of $150,00 to feed 33 families.