Coronavirus Relief Grant
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Legal Name: Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion
Previous Name: LBCEI
Address: 6509 Gundry Ave
City: Long Beach
Tax Id: 84-4693859
Organizational Status: 501(c)3 nonprofit
Url 167: http://www.lbcei.org
Officer Firstname: Bob
Officer Lastname: Cabeza
Officer Title: Board Chair
Contacttitle: Interim Director
Tel 952: 562 336-1833
SecondaryPhone: 310 562-6665
Email 765: firstname.lastname@example.org
GrantPurpose: Purchase refrigerators / freezers / shelves to expand capacity of Long Beach Food Network partners
Periodoftime: November – June 2021
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: 1500 – 2000 households / week
District: CD 1, CD6, CD7, CD8, CD9
1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided?: Nearly a quarter of the people in Long Beach live at or below the poverty line. During the Covid-19 pandemic, underserved communities, particularly in North, Central and West Long Beach, have been hard hit by job losses, reduction in work hours, and high housing costs. Food insecurity has emerged as a real and growing problem in these communities.
To address this problem and thanks to the initial support of the Long Beach Community Foundation’s Corornavirus Relief Fund grant and other granting partners, the Long Beach Center for Economic Inclusion created a collaborative of food pantry partners, now called the Long Beach Food Support Network. In April we organized 9 community sites to provide food to low-income communities during the pandemic. The 9 sites, primarily churches and nonprofits, are collectively serving more than 1,500 households every week across Long Beach, which represents over 20,000 residents a month. The sites were setup strategically to serve high needs areas in North, Central and West Long Beach on a schedule that insures that free food is available to the community 7 days a week. The Long Beach Food Support Network has expanded to now include some neighborhood associations and community groups that are leading food distribution events. These associations serve another 1,000 or more households every month.
Other COVID response programs LBCEI facilitated during this time included
• A senior food delivery program of 1,449 fresh, local, organic farm boxes delivered bi-weekly to more than 300 homebound seniors in North, Central and West Long Beach
• Donation of 200 laptops to students to help close the digital divide, including 100 laptops to YMCA Early Childhood and Youth Institute programs and 100 laptops to North Long Beach students newly enrolled at Long Beach City College
• A Small Business Navigation program that provided resources and support to over 150 businesses in North Long Beach, including a special barbershop / salon initiative to support more than 60 shops devastated by the pandemic restrictions
• Setting up a Housing Hotline call center to help low-income homeowners facing foreclosure or other housing challenges
• Partnering to host a series of community forums titled “COVID-19 and our Black community” in response to the disproportionate impact of COVID on the Black communities in Long Beach
As Covid-19 continues to hit lower income communities harder, LBCEI would use the resources from this grant to increase support that it provides to its food security partners and enable them to access and distribute more food and healthier food to more households.
2. What additional services, above your standard operations, will be conducted with this grant funding?estion2: As the Food Pantries have expanded to meet the needs of the community and we have secured additional food donations for the network, we have realized the need for additional infrastructure and the creation of a Food Hub to support their work. With this grant funding we would purchase refrigerators and freezers for some of the sites needing to store perishable foods and we will purchase shelving and a refrigerator for a Food Hub location we are setting up in North Long Beach.
The Food Hub will be a place to store and distribute the larger quantities of food that LBCEI has helped secure for our partner agencies in Long Beach, which will then be distributed out to the different pantry locations. The hub will be a partnership with the 9th District Council Office as they will provide their Field Office as a donated community space for the hub.
We surveyed our Food Pantry partners to assess the refrigeration/freezer needs and we were happy to learn that some of the partners are willing to share those units to reduce our costs. The Food Hub and the refrigerators and freezers for our pantry sites will allow us to more efficiently distribute food to the partner sites and provide a healthier and increased quantity of food to those residents in need.
A breakdown of the $15,000 grant request includes:
• $6,000 – Large Commercial Freezer at Grant AME Church to be shared with Long Beach Community Table (1,000 households / wk)
• $3,000 – Medium Commercial Refrigerator / Freezer shared by New Beginnings and Fountain of Life Church (120 / households / wk)
• $1,000 – Cabinet Freezer for North Long Beach Prayer Center (120 / households / wk)
• $1,000 – Cabinet Freezer for Long Beach Food Support Network Food Hub (distribution to all 11 partners)
• $700 – Small Cabinet Freezer for Light & Life Fellowship Church (30 households / wk)
• $900 – Shelving and Secruity locks for Long Beach Food Support Network Food Hub (distribution to all 11 partners)
• $2400 – part-time staff to manage access, supervision and distribution at Long Beach Food Support Network Food Hub ($15 / hr @ 5 hrs / week > November – June)
3. What individuals (and/or organizations) will you assist? : These funds will help provide infrastructure and increased and healthier food supplies for all of our community partners in our newly formed Long Beach Food Support Network. And in turn, will better serve the thousands of Long Beach residents in North, Central and West Long Beach who receive food from these food pantries and food distribution events.
Our pantry partners currently include:
• Central Long Beach – Grant AME Church
• Downtown Long Beach – Christian Outreach in Action
• North Long Beach – Church One Ministries, Light & Life Christian Fellowship, Pools of Hope, North Long Beach Ministry Center
• West Long Beach – Awaken Ministries / New Beginnings Church, Fountain of Life Covenant Church
• Neighborhood Assoc. / Community Groups – Long Beach Community Table, AOC7 (Anaheim Orange Cherry 7th) and Collins Neighborhood Assoc.
Currently the Pantry sites are serving 1,500 – 2000 households a week (approx. 20,000 residents) and the neighborhood groups are serving an additional 1,000+ households a month.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount?: Along with the $20,000 grant from Long Beach Community Foundation Coronavirus Relief Fund, LBCEI has also received support for our Food Security programs from United Way ($7,500), Blue Shield ($5,000) and HOPE Foundation ($5,000). Also our Board of Directors directed $40,000 from a private contribution from Bridge Development Partners to our Food Security Programs.
Other funding that supported our economic resiliency efforts during the pandemic include funds from Wells Fargo, LISC-Los Angeles and most recently a $20,000 CARES grant from the City of Long Beach for Digital Inclusion outreach and education. We are actually using our Long Food Support Network partners to provide digital inclusion resources to those residents supported by that network.
5. What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for?: We recently applied for $125,000 food grant from the California Community Foundation through their LA County Food programs to provide funding to expand food purchases for our programs through June 2021 and to reimburse for food program expenses from this past summer. And we recently submitted three more CARES grants (totaling $75,000) through the City of Long Beach for our small business support programs. In addition, F&M will be funding a Volunteer Holiday Thank You program ($2,500) to provide thank you gift cards to our Food Network volunteers.