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Food Pantry Desperate for Donations

The Temecula-Murrieta Rescue Mission is running dangerously low on supplies to distribute to needy families.

A Riverside County nonprofit that serves thousands of meals to the area's needy every year is desperate for donations to keep its food box program going, its president said this week.

The Temecula-Murrieta Rescue Mission, which distributes boxes of canned goods and other edibles to 200 families every week, has run low on supplies.

"This food box program is essential to many families in the Temecula and Murrieta communities who are having trouble making ends meet, and rely on the food boxes to feed their families,'' said Jim Palmer, president of the rescue mission. "In order to continue this important program, we need the community to come together and donate food items, especially those specific items for which we have an urgent need,'' he said.

Rescue mission representatives said that last year, the nonprofit provided 478,000 meals to the homeless and impoverished in the southwestern county region.

According to Palmer, all donations are welcome, particularly peanut butter, cereal, canned fruits and pasta. Non-perishable items can be dropped in designated bins at Rancho Community Church, 31300 Rancho Community Way in Temecula.

Monetary donations can be made via the mission's website by clicking here. Palmer said the charity is also in need of a new storage facility, and anyone with suggestions or space to lease was asked to call 951-526-1200.

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Brenda April 30, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Would be nice to see one of the MANY storage facilities in the area donate a large locker. Is there someone to work on that for you Jim Palmer? Call around to all of them. Can always be worked out that you get a locker that is not rented out of course, but if it gets down to being their last locker to rent out then you will move elsewhere. But most often the storage facilities never get down to their last locker. I am sure one of them around the area would be nice enough to donate an empty locker. Will make a run this week and bring you some of the items you need, and thank you Patch for bringing this to our attention.
trenchf00t May 02, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Brenda, I believe I talked to these folks about their needs last year. As best as I can remember, their requirements were way beyond a simple storage locker. It seemed that they needed a very large space appropriate for legally storing perishables. A tall order, unfortunately.
trenchf00t May 02, 2012 at 10:52 AM
* should read non-perishables. In any case, I wish that I had the real estate to give; I certainly would have done so.

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