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CSA Food & Nutrition Center: Serving residents in need


Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Workers at the Community Services Agency’s Food & Nutrition Center prepare food at CSA’s Mountain View headquarters. Throughout 2017 and 2018, the Food & Nutrition Center expanded by bringing food pantry services to local schools.

• Mission: Community Services Agency serves as the community’s safety net, providing critical support resources aimed at preserving and promoting stability, self-reliance and dignity.

• 2018 update: Throughout 2017 and 2018, CSA’s Food & Nutrition Center expanded by bringing food pantry services to local schools. CSA has a food pantry one day per week at Mariano Castro, Gabriela Mistral and Theuerkauf elementary schools.

“We wanted to try and make services more accessible to our working families,” said Nicole Fargo Nosich, Community Services Agency associate director.

Fargo Nosich said the program has been a success, particularly at Castro. This school year, she added, they’ve expanded by adding Monta Loma Elementary School and inviting families from any school to visit the food pantries.

On average, CSA served more than 400 families through the mobile food pantry and more than 500 families through the main food pantry each month. The agency donates more than 1.5 tons of food every day – 45 percent of which is fresh fruits and vegetables.

• Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Holiday Fund donations are needed more than ever as CSA increases its outreach to meet the nutrition needs of the local population. Contributions to the Holiday Fund go toward food and emergency support for families.

CSA Food & Nutrition Center

Location: 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View

Founded: 1957

Annual budget: $300,000-plus

Staff: 2 full-time employees; 400-plus volunteers

Information: csacares.org

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