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Wells Fargo gives $10,000 to pantry

Posted: February 16, 2010 10:05 p.m.
Updated: February 17, 2010 7:30 a.m.

While beginning-of-the-year donations to the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry have slowed down, the demand to help hungry Santa Clarita Valley individuals and families has not.

But a $10,000 donation presented by Wells Fargo on Tuesday will allow the nonprofit organization to serve a demand that is reaching record levels.

“When we heard about the inverse proportion of soaring demand and reduced giving, we knew that we needed to support the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry,” said Melissa White, Wells Fargo Santa Clarita Valley district manager.

The pantry served more than 43,000 total client visits in 2009, according to an organization news release. January’s charitable donations had been impacted due to the economy and diverted donations to help with the devastation in Haiti, according to the release.

“At a time when state budget cuts and a national economic downturn have significantly increased demand for the SCV Food Pantry’s supportive services, financial support from Wells Fargo and other community sources provides a lifeline to our clients,” said the pantry’s executive director, Belinda Crawford, in a statement. “This $10,000 donation will provide three months’ worth of milk for the children of our clients.”

The pantry has distributed food to low-income residents in the SCV for the past 24 years.



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