By Brent Davis, PhD and Lieu Suss, MPH
On June 11, 2022, the AUHS Foundation hosted another Acts of Love outreach to the community. Needy residents were blessed with fresh groceries. As food costs have soared in recent months, the turnout was greater than ever. One mother with three teenagers arrived without a voucher (vouchers are distributed by LBUSD school counselors and neighborhood social service agencies to families in need). Although the groceries were gone, and some families turned away due to the increased demand, the AUHS Foundation was able to give this family a gift card for groceries. Previously, this working mother had always been able to feed her children – and she, even at this point, did not want a handout; she wanted to do volunteer work in exchange.
The AUHS Foundation’s own costs have gone up 25% (just since March) while donations have remained the same, but the foundation is committed to helping families in need through these difficult times. At this Acts of Love groceries were given to 400 families: 15 pounds of chicken, 10 pounds of potatoes, 5 pounds of carrots, canned corn, 5 pounds of rice, and 3 pounds of apples.