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CSA Food & Nutrition Center: Giving groceries, emergency financial aid


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Yvette Ching, an employee at Community Services Agency in Mountain View, prepares food for distribution.

• 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.

• 2019 update: Every weekday, CSA’s Food & Nutrition Center distributes more than 1.5 tons of food. Of the 688,089 pounds of donated food in 2018, 49% were fresh fruits and vegetables.

The pantry is open five days a week, giving individuals and families an opportunity to “shop” for food, helping to stretch their budgets.

Last year, 2,454 individuals received food from the Food & Nutrition Center.

CSA also offers a mobile food pantry at several local elementary schools to help working parents access food when they are picking up their children. Last year, 1,564 individuals were served through the mobile food programs.

“As we move forward in 2019, we remain committed to providing food assistance to the many faces of our community – from the unhoused mother and father with their 18-day-old infant, to the working individual who is grateful for a healthy meal that keeps her going, to the 93-year-old senior who greets us with a smile and ‘bless you’ when picking up groceries at our mobile pantry,” Food & Nutrition Center director Christine Flego said.

  • Why the Holiday Fund is needed: Last year, CSA experienced an 18% increase in the number of homeless clients and nearly a 10% increase in those receiving services to prevent homelessness. Contributions to the Holiday Fund go toward fresh produce and emergency financial assistance.

CSA Food & Nutrition Center

Location: 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View

Founded: 1957

Annual budget: $279,062

Staff: 4 staff members, 400-plus volunteers

Information: csacares.org

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