Legal-name: Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion
Address: 6509 Gundry Ave.
City: Long Beach
Officer: Bob Cabeza, Board Chair
ContactName: Jeff Williams
Title: Interim Director
Tel-952: 562 336-1833
SecondaryPhone: 310 562-6665
GrantPurpose: Provide funds to expand Food Assistance Programs at community sites throughout North, Central and West Long Beach and delivery of fresh, local food to home bound Seniors
Periodoftime: April 15 – June 30, 2020
Audienceserved: Low-income communities, Seniors, food insecure
Demoofaudience: Demographics are the demographics of the North, Central and West Long Beach communities, with a focus on low-income families and home-bound seniors
Numberofserved: 800-1400 / week
District: CD 1, CD6, CD7, CD8, CD9
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided? The Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion in partnership with our funding partners has authorized $225,000 to provide Emergency Response programs for the current economic crisis. The emergency funds are being distributed to the community in the following areas: Small Business Support, Food Security, Digital Inclusion and Housing Support Services.
The efforts of the Emergency Response program to address Food Security are two-prong: 1) partnering with churches, nonprofits and other community sites in North, Central and West Long Beach to provide funding to start or expand food assistance programs; and 2) home delivery of fresh, local food from local urban farms to homebound seniors.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : This grant will allow us to expand the food assistance program to up to 8 different sites across Long Beach serving 100-200 residents a week per site and expand capacity of home food delivery to seniors to up to 200 per week.
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : The Food Assistance program will be working with churches including Church One, Light & Life Church and nonprofit organizations such as Pools of Hope and United Cambodian Community, with coordination support in partnership with organizations such as Long Beach Fresh and Community Table. The Senior Food Delivery program will work with Organic Harvest Gardens in North Long Beach – this local urban farm in North Long Beach traditionally provides fresh produce and food to local restaurants, but is adapting their efforts to serve the vulnerable populations of our community.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? The $225,000 Emergency Response Program is primarily funded by a private donation from Bridge Development Partners and coordinated through the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion, which includes funding from the Wells Fargo Foundation and the City of Long Beach. The Food Assistance program is being supplemented with a grant from the United Way.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: None for our organization – we are working with local small businesses to apply for all of the appropriate economic relief programs that could support their business.