As the holiday season approaches, the newly-established Corona Norco Rescue Mission is asking the community to donate urgently needed food items, and to volunteer to help feed local men, women and children in need.
Community members and local businesses are encouraged to donate both nonperishable and fresh foods between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and are asked to donate their time to help serve meals throughout the holiday season.
“There are so many families in the community who are hungry right now, and we need the support of local businesses and community members in order to continue to help those in need,” explained Jim Palmer, President of The Rescue Missions. “The holidays are a time when many people are looking for opportunities to give. We hope that local residents will find it in their hearts to donate these food items, and also to visit our facility and help to serve meals and ultimately, to save lives.”
According to Palmer, food donations are essential to the ongoing work of the Corona Norco Rescue Mission, which will serve more than 500 hot meals each week to homeless men women and children.
“As both a transitional living facility and a soup kitchen, the opportunity to give is two-fold,” noted Palmer. “Volunteers are needed to help serve meals at the soup kitchen, and also to support the various events and day-to-day activities we hold at the mission throughout the year.”
Individuals interested in volunteering can call the Corona Norco Rescue Mission at (951) 278-2215.
In addition to daily hot meals served in the soup kitchen, the Corona Norco Rescue Mission also provides over 100,000 meals to needy families in the community each year through its food box program.
“Families rely on these boxes to feed their children each week, and without these staples many will go hungry,” explained Palmer. “We know that many people have these items sitting unused in their cabinets, and we encourage the community to step in and donate these items in order to carry the program through the holidays.”
Community members and local businesses are asked to drop off food donations at the Corona Norco Rescue Mission located at 420 W. Harrison Street in the city of Corona, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Recommended food donations include:
· Soups (Top Ramen/Cup of Noodles), canned fruit, canned vegetables
· Real juices and healthy snacks for children
· Beef, chicken, pork, etc. in bulk
· Bags of dry beans, rice, pasta, and macaroni and cheese
· Peanut butter and jelly
· Cereal, milk, cheeses and eggs in bulk, fresh produce in bulk
Food boxes can also be sponsored for $12.80 each. To make a monetary donation individuals are encouraged to visit www.RescueMissionCN.org.
*Contributed by Corona-Norco Rescue Mission