Updated: Feb 19
Going Forward With The "Compton Chamber Pantry" Program In 2021
Compton continues to be adversely affected by the pandemic. With businesses opening slowly and vaccinations becoming available, some people may think that the pandemic problem is over. Yet, this is far from the reality.
This next phase of the pandemic requires us to evaluate the needs of our community anew. As the infectious virus continues to affect our community, many residents are still living on the edge, find themselves out of work, in need of food, shelter, money and healthcare assistance. The food pantries throughout our city are still seeing a surge of need.
In the light of the current circumstances, it's irrefutable that the Chamber needs to go on with its community assistance services, with the pantry operation in its core. We are committed to ensure that everyone in our community has access to fresh nutritious food, while the healthcare professionals continue to provide systematic testing, contact tracing, vaccination, hospital treatments and public-health messaging until we immunize against the virus effectively.
The New Location For The 2021 Compton Chamber Food Pantry Program
During the last few weeks, we have been tirelessly working with the city officials to find a new location that fits the needs of the large scale pantry operation. The city leadership has committed to the new permanent location for the Compton Chamber Food Pantry to be the Lueders Park Community Center.
The new permanent location for the Compton Chamber Pantry is the Lueders Park Community Center located at 1500 East Rosecrans Ave. in Compton.
The "Compton Chamber Pantry" will resume its operations at the new site on Monday, March 1st, 2021.
The first food pick-up date open to public will be Wednesday, March 4th, 2021.
The curb-side food distribution hours at the new site will be from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm on following days of the week: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Participating churches and other partner food distribution operations throughout the City of Compton will pick up their supplies on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Compton Chamber of Commerce Pantry Program in 2020
From March until the end of the year 2020, Compton Chamber of Commerce -in partnership with the Compton United Response Effort (CURE) and city officials- fought hunger in our community. During this time period, we served well over 100,000 residents in our region; collecting, packaging, curbside distributing and delivering food and hygiene items.
Of course, this program would not have been a success without Chamber President Dr. Lestean M. Johnson's selfless leadership and unwavering dedication. Also, without the hands-on support of countless volunteers, this program could not have completed such a monumental task. We have a wonderful community who supports us! Throughout last year, the support has been unbelievable. We're neighbors helping neighbors.
End Of The 2020 Chamber Pantry Program
Last month, we announced that the Chamber's pantry/food distribution service would come to an end in January 2021. This decision was made due to the "time limited" availability of the facilities at the "Compton Careerlink Center" -located at 700 N. Bullis. This location was made available to the Chamber by the city in order to run this large scale program.