While these are incredibly trying times for all of us, I am blown away by the generosity and spirit of our community, the heroics of our staff and volunteers and the breathtaking intensity of sudden need among the most vulnerable residents of our community. I want to update you on how this ever-evolving situation has affected CSA, as well as critical client needs.
CSA has put into place a number of changes to adapt to the ever-evolving situation with COVID-19 and the Shelter-In-Place order. Most noticeably, the lobby is currently closed to the general public, but the agency is hard at work behind closed doors to continue to assist those in need while protecting clients, volunteers, and staff.
CSA’s Associate Director Nicole Fargo Nosich and attorney/civic leader Laura Blakely, were honored as Athena Award winners earlier this month by the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. The Athena Award is an international honor given for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.
With the holiday season just around the corner, the CSA team is already gearing up for the annual gift distribution event for CSA client families on December 14 and 15. Food donations and gift cards from VISA, Target, Walmart, Amazon etc. are especially appreciated.
Autumn brings thoughts of cool crisp days, pumpkin patches, warm apple pie and harvest time. It also ushers in a season of gratitude and a time of reflection. Thinking about this past year at CSA and our Food & Nutrition Center (FNC), we want to take this opportunity to thank the many wonderful businesses and organizations we work with throughout the year who help to bring the harvest to our table. Our program served nearly 700,000 pounds of food to over 3,600 people in our community last year – a feat we could not have done by ourselves as it truly takes a village to care.
We are delighted to honor Atlassian as one of our 2019 Hometown Heroes at our awards breakfast on Thursday, September 12 at the Computer History Museum. Pictured at left – Atlassian employees recently participated in a team-building event to create sculptures from 4,000 cans of food which were then donated to CSA.
Mary is delighted to be selected as one of our three 2019 Hometown Heroes. “There are so many people who form the fabric of our community and make a difference in our daily lives who are struggling to get by. While we are beginning to address the issues of affordable housing, the reality is that progress is slow-going and a little bit at a time. I am so grateful for the work CSA does to support our neighbors in need.”
Results this year for the Challenge Diabetes Program funded by El Camino Hospital were fantastic! 23% of participants have maintained healthy status this year after starting the program in the diabetic or pre-diabetic ranges several years ago and an additional 21% of participants have moved to the healthy range JUST IN THE PAST 9 MONTHS! We are blown away by the outcomes in this program. To summarize, 44% of people who were previously pre-diabetic or diabetic are currently healthy!
We have a unique canned food drive planned for the summer, a time of year when donations are historically low – a social media campaign designed to encourage everyone to bring at least one can of healthy food to their local food pantry.
We are delighted to feature Emily Douglas in this week’s #BecauseICare campaign. Emily is Treasurer of the CSA Board of Directors.
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