22 Nov

Celebrating Thanksgiving with a Heartwarming Gesture

College Park in Oxnard witnessed an extraordinary display of generosity and community spirit on Tuesday. We had the honor of welcoming Los Angeles Rams superstar Cooper Kupp and his wife, Anna, to our special Thanksgiving event. Their presence added a touch of star power and warmth to the occasion as we distributed 1,800 Thanksgiving meals to those in need. Teamwork Makes the Dream Work The event was further uplifted by the enthusiastic participation of 45 student volunteers from the Royal...

01 Nov

Stacy’s Story

Stacy is a store manager at a Trader Joe’s in Ventura County. One of her responsibilities is to ensure food that’s approaching its sell-by date, but is still good to eat, is packaged up and ready for pickup by Food Share. It’s a task that’s close to her heart. Here, she reflects on a time as a young mother when she struggled to feed her family and the impact the support she received had on her and her children’s lives.

30 Oct

2023 Impact Report

Food Share, Ventura County’s food bank, is bracing for an expected wave of food insecure individuals as the end of COVID CalFresh benefits becomes reality on March 1. ...

15 Nov

Hunger has a name and a face

Those names and faces belong to our friends and neighbors. Because, on the front line of hunger relief, we have learned that the reason people require help is as varied as the people we serve. ...

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...

05 Oct

Gina and Walter’s Story

Gina Howey, and her husband, Walter Burstein, were busy family doctors in Ventura County before they went into semi-retirement and began volunteering with Food Share in 2020. They stopped to chat on their way back from an early morning “bread run” about Gina’s passion for truck driving and how food insecurity can hide in plain sight. “A Harvester newsletter came to the house, and I was reading about volunteer opportunities,” says Gina Howey, explaining how she and...

05 Oct

Jessie’s Story

Jessie is a client at Still Water’s Pantry in Simi Valley.  I live with my husband and we also have one of our older granddaughters living with us, along with her son and her daughter. My husband is a massage therapist and I’m a manicurist so work has been off and on. We had to figure things out. How to, you know, pay Peter without robbing Paul. When I started coming to the pantry I was just excited....