The Nissan Titan will assist with the collection and distribution of food bank donations for needy families in the San Gabriel Valley.
San Gabriel, Calif.–The Asian Youth Center, a non-profit, community-based organization serving the social services needs of youth and families, and Nissan North America hosted a joint media briefing to increase awareness of AYC’s Emergency Food program. In support of this program, Nissan donated a brand-new Titan truck to assist with the collection and distribution of donated food items.
The holiday season is when families need food the most, but food banks have struggled with a shortage of supplies due to the economic downturn. Since February 2009, AYC has been distributing emergency food and household supplies each month to over 70 families (250 individuals) in need, with supplies provided through their partnership with the L.A. Regional Food Bank. As a result of these recent shortages, AYC has conducted its own local food drives. Recently, AYC also expanded its Emergency Food program to provide essential non-perishable staples to families in need.
The Titan truck donated by Nissan will aid in the collection and distribution of items for the Emergency Food program. AYC seeks to partner with additional Asian food manufacturers, distributors, and retail vendors to collect more items, and the Nissan Titan truck will serve as a resource for AYC during crucial donation and distribution periods, especially during this holiday season.
“Even with the recent food shortages from local food banks, AYC hopes to still be able to directly provide ethnically appropriate food and other necessities to low-income families in the San Gabriel Valley.” said Michelle Freridge, Executive Director of AYC. “We’re so grateful that Nissan is stepping in and helping us with this program through their donation of the Titan truck. The truck will greatly assist us in collecting and distributing more items, which in the past have been transported by our staff in their own personal vehicles.”
Speakers at the press conference included Gay Yuen, President of AYC’s Board of Directors; Assemblymember Mike Eng of the 49th Assembly District; Michelle Freridge, executive director of AYC; and Tim Gallagher, Senior Manager of Nissan Corporate Communications.
“Humanitarian relief is one of Nissan’s key philanthropy focus areas,” said Gallagher, “so the Emergency Food program conducted by AYC is one that aligns with our philanthropic strategy and our longstanding commitment to serve communities in Southern California. This Titan truck will be a dependable resource that will support AYC’s efforts to help families in the San Gabriel Valley now and for years to come.”
AYC created the Emergency Food program to meet the specific food security needs of Asian Pacific Islanders in the San Gabriel Valley area of Los Angeles County. According to the recent 2011 American Community Survey, approximately 13% of Asians and 22% of Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders live in poverty. In addition, Asian seniors have a higher rate of poverty at 13%, compared to the general population rate of 9%.
AYC will also be collecting donations from individuals, companies and organizations. Those who wish to contribute non-perishable food items to AYC’s Emergency Food program can drop items off at the Asian Youth Center located at 100 W. Clary St., San Gabriel, or arrange for the items to be picked up by contacting Florence Lin at 626-309-0622.
Asian Youth Center
The Asian Youth Center (AYC) is a non-profit, community-based organization serving the social services needs of youth and families, with a focus on Asian immigrants. AYC’s programs enable those they serve to adapt and contribute to a multi-cultural society. In the last ten years, AYC has expanded its scope to serve non-Asian youth and families as well, with culturally appropriate services in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Spanish and English. AYC successfully opened the Tawa Youth Center in San Gabriel in 1997 and the Annex Building which opened in 2003 was re-named the May L. To Educational Center in 2011.
Nissan North America
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