COVINA (CBS) — A food bank first formed in 1933 will close its doors Monday due to lack of resources and support.
Covina Area Emergency Aid, which was formed by the Covina Women’s Club, has been struggling for three years with fewer food donations and loss of funding from United Way. The nonprofit food bank will continue to distribute food vouchers, provisions and canned goods Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but then that’s it.
The organization helped an average of 3,000 to 3,500 people over the past 30 years, but that number dropped to about 2,700 a year, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported.
“Some are getting assistance and services elsewhere and there are those that have been able to get on their feet as the economy has gradually improved, said Fran Delach, president of the organization’s board of directors.
Covina Area Emergency Aid was a member of United Way, which dropped its funding in 1998. Since then, volunteers have relied on donations from the community. The city of Covina helped keep its doors open by providing free space to the group for the past 40 years, the Tribune reported.
After the food bank closes its doors Monday, they plan to post a sign on the door with referrals to other nearby assistance organizations.