198 Malibu People Are Getting Food Deliveries From Malibu Boys And Girls Club
Written by 991KBU on May 21, 2020
About 198 people in and around Malibu are having problems getting enough food.
And that has transformed the Malibu Boys and Girls Club into a food bank … shopping and delivery service.
Casey Ernst is the director of what started as an after school club … and what has evolved into the biggest food pantry on the Malibu coast.
Ernst says the club is maintaining its mental health and counseling programs … using computers.
But the club is closed … it’s on the grounds of Malibu High School .. which has been sealed up tight.
Ernst says the club;’s mission broadened when 480 houses burned down in the Woolsey Fire.
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“Following fire relief … the emergency relief fund that we had established for the community … that for us translated into being able to very quickly mobilize into a food pantry and grocery service once COVID-19 hit.”
Ernst says the Malibu Boys and Girls Club is preparing weekly grocery runs for 198 people in and near Malibu … most of them elders.
Others getting help include some families that live in Malibu.
And also … families with kids enrolled at Malibu High School.
The food is purchased in bulk at the Trader Joes in Camarillo.
The cost … largely picked up by the Victoria Principal Foundation.
The food is boxed and bagged by Boys And Girls Club staff.
And then …. volunteers from Waveside Church drive it our to the people who need it.
Zuma Canyon Orchids has donated plants for all the mothers.
And Pattys Pizza in Marina del Rey is donating frozen pizzas every week.
The Malibu Boys and Girls Club and has transitioned to a food pantry during the covert 19th crisis.
But its financial future is a big question.
It’s big fundraiser … the annual Malibu Chili Cookoff over the Labor Day weekend … is a big question mark right now.