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November 20, 2005 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
The shelves are almost bare at the Seventh-day Adventist Church food pantry in South-Central Los Angeles. As Thanksgiving approaches, instead of the 400 bags containing a turkey, canned vegetables, milk and other staples typically handed out for the holiday, the charity will be hard-pressed to find provisions for 100 families -- and most will not get a turkey. "I've been doing this for 10 years, and this is the worst I've seen it," said Margaret Carson, community service director.
March 29, 2005 | Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writer
Lunches used to arrive piping hot five days a week at Lodema Gartman's doorstep. But now the 74-year-old shut-in gets a stack of frozen meals once a week -- and she's not happy. "I liked the hot meals better," the rail-thin Ventura resident said recently, picking at a microwaved entree of beef stroganoff, green beans and cauliflower. "They tasted better and they were always hot." Citing budget constraints, Ventura County on April 1 will cease operation of its $1.
November 6, 2004 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
Saddleback Church is used to generating numbers of biblical proportions: 20,000 people attend its weekend services; each month Pastor Rick Warren sells about 1 million copies of his book "The Purpose Driven Life," and more than 350,000 pastors from 120 countries have been trained in the Saddleback way. But even for one of the country's largest churches, Saddleback's latest venture is ambitious: It has been feeding Orange County's estimated 35,000 homeless people three meals a day for 40 days.
October 24, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
At a recent fundraiser for AIDS research in Santa Monica, designer Tommy Hilfiger showed off some of his latest fashions while actress Sharon Stone served as a guest auctioneer. Meanwhile, the more than 1,000 guests at the Macy's and American Express Passport party dined on such exotic dishes and hors d'oeuvres as molasses-cured salmon, grilled New York steak salad, duck confit and yellow grit cakes before moving on to desserts such as chocolate tuilles.
August 15, 2004 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
A daily diet of junk food became yet another health hazard seven years ago for James Fraley when his kidneys failed after bladder cancer surgery. The retired Azusa city worker, who lives alone in Glendora on a fixed income, could not eat a hamburger without feeling like he could barely get out of bed for days. When a kidney infection sent him to the hospital in March, his worried daughter and ex-wife told him to call Project Angel Food.
February 7, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Berkeley Food and Housing Project will shut down its Quarter Meal program, which has served dinner to homeless people for more than 30 years, because of the city's high living-wage ordinance. Under that ordinance, agencies that receive city funding are required to pay their employees a living wage set well above the federal minimum wage. The mandated wage hike and rising workers' compensation premiums and employee medical benefits have saddled the agency with $110,000 in expenses.
December 25, 2003 | Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writer
On most days, the Ritz in Newport Beach is a fine-dining establishment adorned with mahogany booths, antlered chandeliers, oak wainscoting and dinner-jacketed gentlemen. For one Sunday in December, the restaurant becomes an impromptu packinghouse where about 60 volunteers with the Noble Vikings of Orange County prepare more than 8,000 meals.
December 19, 2003 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
Despite the death of the woman who started Mary's Kitchen, a refuge for hungry and homeless people, her mission and vision live on. Mary McAnena, who was 100 when she died in her sleep Tuesday, was a legend in the community for her tenacious fundraising and devotion to helping people in need, and those people will not go wanting, said Gloria Suess, McAnena's assistant. "Nobody will ever take Mary's place," Suess said, "but we will do what she wanted us to do. We will feed people every day."
June 1, 2003 | From Associated Press
An experimental program giving away fresh fruits and vegetables to students in select schools has been so successful that some lawmakers want to expand it nationwide. "I'd like to see this in every school in America," said Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the senior Democrat on the Senate Agriculture Committee and its former chairman. "It would be one of the best health-care things we could do in this country," he added.
April 22, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A resolution encouraging schools to offer a vegetarian option on lunch menus was approved by the state Assembly on Monday. The resolution, by Assemblyman Joe Nation (D-San Rafael), was approved 65-11. It calls on state education and health officials to develop a school lunch menu plan that includes vegetarian meals prepared without meat products, and vegan options that exclude meat, eggs and dairy. The menu plans would be voluntarily phased in over four years.
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