GoFundMe Fundraiser: Project Hand Food Pantry

Since 1946 Lutheran Social Services has cared for hungry and vulnerable women, men and children throughout San Diego. The needs have grown, just as the population has, over the 73 years since. Our “Project Hand” food pantry, currently located at St Mark’s Lutheran Church in Chula Vista, serves about 2,000 family members every monthly.

The persons who come for food vary by age, race and economic status. Some are homeless or live paycheck to paycheck, with the threat of homelessness looming. Those we serve include military members, students, singles, and families from the surrounding community. A growing number of seniors are now raising their grandchildren and even great-grandchildren. Living on the fixed income of their Social Security benefits, they struggle to make ends meet. After their bills are paid their cupboards are bare.

Desperate and in need of help, these individuals rely on LSS to assist them at the end of the month, when their resources run low. LSS is committed to addressing this need within the Chula Vista community.

But the high demand for food has increased. And, the costs of responding to that demand have also increased.

We need your help! We invite you to become a part of the solution for the many students, individuals, children, and families who suffer daily. Working together we can make a huge impact and support many people!

Your contribution will ensure our continued ability to provide these services. Please be an “Everyday Hero” for our community, and pledge a monthly amount, a one-time gift, or commit to an annual pledge.

Goal: $50,000 annually to enable us to keep the pantry open, staffed and to purchase the food necessary to meet the growing daily demands.

Project Hand Food Pantry
Chula Vista/ San Diego
Ambassadors are short-term volunteers who open doors for our organization in the community, introducing new people at our bi-monthly Fostering Community Care event. These are one hour awareness events only (no solicitations are made) to expose people to the great work of LSS Community Care. To become an Ambassador here are your responsibilities:
  1. 1 – Attend at least one Fostering Community Care event during the calendar year
  2. 2 – Host or invite and bring 10-15 guests to one Fostering Community Care event within 3 months of your attending one yourself.
  3. 3 – Inform your invited guests of what the Fostering Community Care meeting will be about, and let them know that they will receive a follow up call from the organization
  4. 4 – Ambassadors will complete their commitment after bringing 10-15 persons within the 3 month time period. An Ambassador has the option to complete after one term, continue for another 3 month term or move into another role on the team.
Become an Ally

Allies are community members who want to be in a supportive, intentional, befriending relationship with an individual or family working to get out of poverty.

Other ways to help the Southern California Family Support Initiative
  • Be an Ad-Hoc Ally – share your special skill or talent
  • Be a member of your local Community Leadership Team
  • Assist with weekly Child Care/Children’s Programs
  • Be a Community Spokesman – talk about the initiative and recruit others to join
  • Financially Sponsor a Family Leader
  • Facilitate/assist with Training Our Leaders and Allies
  • Behind-the-scenes work – internet research, graphic design, writing
We are actively seeking individuals and groups to be a part of our on-going mission to serve those in need. LSS administers over 50 specialized programs and services throughout the Southern California region. Contact your nearest LSS Center to hear about the local opportunities they have available.
Be a positive role model
Give back to others and help change lives
Transform communities
Spend your time doing something rewarding
Meet new people
Have fun
Learn new skills, share your talents, build your resume

The life you change most – may be your own!