New South Bay food pantry opens

April 16, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Unemployment and the tight economy are impacting those who live in some of the Bay Area's most affluent neighborhoods, but help isn't always easy to accept.

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The tight economy is affecting every sector of the population.

That's why those at West Valley Community Services, a non-profit based out of Cupertino, is opening up a food pantry in Los Gatos.

It's a region that WVCS reps say is often times ignored because of the pre-conceived notion that those living in Los Gatos and Saratoga are affluent and not affected by the economic downturn.

Case workers say that is not the case.

That's why a food pantry has opened -- to service that area.

It's located beside the Calvary Church on Los Gatos Blvd.

But many are still having a problem using the pantry because they're afraid of being recognized or seen going into the building for food.

Therefore, WVCS hasn't posted any signs outside and only holds limited service hours for the pantry.

They're by appointment only.

The hope is that those who need the pantry most will get more comfortable with time.

This year alone, WVCS has seen a nearly 30-percent increase in first time pantry visitors in the South Bay.

Address of food pantry location:
16286 Los Gatos Blvd. in Los Gatos.
(This is next to the Calvary Church.)
Open: Thursdays 4-6pm, by appointment only
Hours expected to expand in May.

For more info:
West Valley Community Services: (408) 255-8033

www.wvcommunityservices.org

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