CSA helps bring unwanted food to those in need

Community Services Agency (CSA), a nonprofit that provides social services, including food assistance, to Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills since 1957, has also developed its own network of partnerships with local grocers. CSA regularly receives upwards of more than 100 pounds of food, mostly bread, frozen meat, produce, and other baked goods, from Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Draeger’s, Whole Foods and Costco. CSA also receives left over food from farmer’s markets and Los Altos’ non-profit organic farm Hidden Villa.

It’s a win-win-win: grocery stores save money (the food is picked up at no cost to the grocer) and reduce their waste while being protected from criminal and civil liability by the Good Samaritan Food Donation Act. Partner agencies receive the food free of charge. Hungry people get the food.

from Saratoga Patch


CSA is one of the many groups who benefit from LACF’s Community Grant Program.


First Friday Fundraiser on July 13th

First friday fundraiser at Nature Gallery Los Altos 
Carol Garsten, owner of the Nature Gallery, is hosting an exclusive wine tasting fundraiser to benefit the First Friday program.  Proceeds will be used to hire a part time person to coordinate First Friday planning and execution.  As you may know, First Fridays promote community building by enabling residents to socialize, enjoy time together, and dine in our unique downtown while getting to know the merchants and their businesses.  Joe Eyre started the First Fridays in 2011 and would like to pass the reins to a new person so he can focus on LACF.
The event, from 6-8pm, features a wonderful sommelier pouring a selection of exclusive wines, delicious hors d’ oeuvres, and a silent auction.
Attendance will be limited to the first 50 who RSVP.  You can sign up by sending a check to the Los Altos Community Foundation (note First Fridaybenefit) in the memo line or by paying online.  For questions, contact Carol at the Nature Gallery,  at 650-327-8700.

First Fridays are organized by Los Altos Forward, a volunteer group dedicated to promoting vibrancy in our downtown.  Los Altos Forward is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation,l

LACF Grant Supports Pathways Hospice

Pathways-logo-heart-white-periwinkle-backgroundAccording to PRWeb, the Los Altos Community Foundation has granted $2000 to Pathways Health & Hospice to help provide care for those in the community with life-limiting illnesses.


Pathways Hospice has close ties within the Los Altos community,” said Roy Lave, Executive Director of the Los Altos Community Foundation. “One of the primary goals of LACF is to strengthen the non-profit sector and, by doing so, build a stronger community. We are proud to support them in their mission of caring for neighbors who are facing a critical time in their lives.”

From the Pathways website:

At Pathways, we know what it means to care for a sick or elderly family member. We understand the effort and special care required to help them live with dignity. As a community-based, not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to serving Bay Area patients and families at all stages of life.

We offer a number of comprehensive programs that include hospice, home health and private duty care. As needs change, Pathways is available to provide caring support and education to our patients and their families.