Food Finders isn’t the only local organization hosting a food drive this holiday season. Local businesses have joined together to host their own drive for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach, spurred by Newton Chiropractic’s motivation to alleviate youth hunger.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Long Beach operate after school and summer programs at 14 locations throughout the city, serving more than 5,400 kids.
“80 percent of the kids live below the poverty line and 62 percent come from single-parent households,” said David Walker, director of development for the clubs, in a statement. “And, by the time the kids get to The Clubs after school, many of them are still hungry.”
"Let’s follow up on a good thing," said Newton Chiropractic's Dr. Paul Newton, inspired by Chef Bruno Serato’s nonprofit organization, Caterina’s Club. Caterina's Club began feeding hungry children in Long Beach in September. "We’ll get everyone involved. We’ll do our own Pasta and Pasta Sauce Food Drive and help to feed as many kids as possible.”
Brad Garofalo’s State Farm Agency and Savvy Escrow Works, Inc., are participating in The Pasta Drive, as well, and will serve as drop-off locations for visitors. Donations can be dropped off at all three locations until November 18 and, as an added bonus, Newton Chiropractic will give anyone who donates 10 or more items an adjustment or a half hour massage for free.
The Palo Center is located at the corner of Palo Verde Avenue and Stearns Street. Newton Chiropractic is located at 2221 Palo Verde Avenue, Suite 1J.