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Fallbrook Food Pantry has been serving the community since 1991

FALLBROOK – Social scientists say that giving to others is good for the giver – acts of generosity actually make them feel better. And surrounding oneself with generous people is infectious. With these motivations in mind, the Golf Club of California Women's Club expanded their organization's purpose beyond golf, to include contributing to the well-being of Fallbrook.

The Fallbrook Food Pantry is one of their favorite charitable organizations. Several years ago, the club began collecting cash at Christmas time for the food pantry. The response has been wonderful, and this year's donation topped $2,500.

The food pantry's primary mission is, of course, to provide healthy and nutritious food to all who need it. They provide over 1.3 million pounds of food annually. But not just a well-balanced selection of food, the food pantry has developed programs to empower their clients to become self-sufficient, independent, and productive community members by offering nutrition, wellness, and vocational education.

The Cooking Matters class for youth and adults is one of its more successful programs. Also, Diabetes Prevention and Maintenance classes for Type 2 diabetes have been successful. There are waiting lists for both of these classes.

Local grocery stores, local growers and local farmers bring fresh fruits and vegetables to the food pantry every week. When any fresh food is unable to be distributed before spoilage begins, 100% of the daily waste is donated to local farmers for use as feed for their animals. This initiative reduces waste and the carbon footprint.

There's something special about being able to help one's neighbors. Food pantry clients can include that single mom working at fast food, senior citizens living on fixed incomes, or a working dad who just got laid off.

Surprisingly, active duty and retired military members can also be eligible to receive assistance. Many hard-working folks whose income falls below a certain level are qualified. The food pantry can be a short-term solution to help them get through troubled times.

Food and cash donations are vital for the success of the Fallbrook Food Pantry. But their volunteers are the heartbeat of the organization. They come and go, but many have been volunteering for 10 years or more. Not only are local adults giving up their leisure time for service, but often Children and teenagers are donating hours to experience first-hand the reward of giving to those in need.

Anyone who is not familiar with the Fallbrook Food Pantry can drop by; visitors are welcome. And they shouldn't be surprised, like the women of Golf Club of California, if they find themselves writing out a check, or signing up for a volunteer "shift." The positive energy of these generous people is contagious!

Submitted by the Golf Club of California Women's Club.


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