Area food pantries needing nonperishable foods for distribution to families impacted by COVID-19

Western Eagle Foundation
Jose Cueva, a volunteer at Western Eagle Foundation in Temecula, selects produce to fill a box of food items for sale at $15 a box. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
The coronavirus has changed the way southwest Riverside County food pantries distribute food to their families.The demand for food at the food pantries continue to rise as stay at home orders from the Riverside County public health agency reaches into a second month.While some community pantry shelves are still stocked, the number of volunteers to help pack boxes of food and hand them out to the lines of people in cars has been decreasing. Other pantries also said their storage shelves are beginning to empty because of an increasing demand.Steve Johnson, longtime warehouse manager of the Western Eagle Foundation, explained the changes to food pantry distribution brought on by the pandemic.“We’ve been blessed with an abundance of food,” Johnson said in a telephone inte
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