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.

Comments (2)
  1. Dorothea Frisbie says:

    I find this a very sad day to see Covina Food Bank closing its doors especially when so many families need help. I donated to United Way for 30 years. If only I had known they pulled out in 1998! Thank you to the people who gave their time there.

  2. Robert S. says:

    Yep, and they say that the economy is getting better, but that is what they said before the “First depression.” People are getting “Hammered”, and then “Lied to. Look at all the major layoffs all across the country, and thats proof that there are not enough jobs. Corporations are “Holding on to cash”, and no jobs being created to “Move the economy”! We are in one hell of a mess! Banks claim they are hurting, but the banks and corporations are not. Something has “gotta give”!

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