05 Oct

Pam Castro, Agency Relations Manager

Pam has worked at Food Share for a little over nine years. She has one of the most important roles at the organization – managing the 190 food pantries and other agencies that “shop” at Food Share to provide food direct to the community.  Why do you work at Food Share? I relate to the families that we serve as I experienced hunger as a child growing up in a loving and hardworking family of nine. We picked...

05 Oct

Agency Enhancement Grants Support More Pantries

Courtesy of support from Feeding America, Food Share has recently provided grant funding to 28 food pantries in Ventura County enabling them to purchase items like refrigerators and iPads that support their operational capacity and ability to serve the community. This latest round of agency enhancement grants follows on from an initial round provided by Feeding America in 2021.  Gary Cooper, Pantry Coordinator at Sacred Heart Church Food Pantry at Cabrillo Village, wrote to express the difference...

01 Sep

The Jewel of Food Share

The Jewel of Food Share. The origin story of Food Share begins in the 1970s, when a remarkable group of friends came together to help feed seniors struggling with poverty, and the increasing number of homeless veterans returning from the Vietnam War. Jewel Pedi, Food Share’s indomitable, 93-year-old founder, spoke to us from her home in Arizona about those early days and her legacy of fighting hunger in Ventura County. How did Food Share come into...

25 Jun

Food Share In Action

Adelante Comunidad Conejo The Channel Islands Vineyard Church Pantry Community Action of Ventura County Grants Provide Much Needed Support to Food Share’s Pantry Network Thanks to support from Feeding America, Food Share has been able to provide grant funding to twenty-eight members of our food pantry network. The funding has enabled investment in items like refrigerators and shelving systems that directly support each pantry’s operational capacity and their ability to serve the increasing numbers of clients they’re seeing experiencing COVID-related hardship. Among the pantry...