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August 25, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces the creation of a new project designed to assist seniors in need within our community.

Maxine Lynch, La Mesa Police Department Community Resource Supervisor, informed the Chamber that seniors within our community periodically experience a temporary need for canned foods, cereal, personal protective items, as well as nutritional shakes like Ensure or Boost throughout the month. These seniors are identified by either the volunteers that work with the YANA (You Are Never Alone) Program or through their interaction with the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center.

“We are excited to partner with the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center to identify and help seniors that are in immediate need,” stated Maxine Lynch, Community Resource Supervisor of the La Mesa Police Department.

Due to many seniors being on a set monthly income, they may have an expense that is not budgeted and lack the funds from time to time, to make these purchases.

Currently when seniors need immediate help, people scramble to find the items or take up a collection to purchase the items. This is where the Senior Pantry Project will be of help! The staff will simply go to the “pantry” and take the needed item(s) off the shelf and deliver them to the senior in need.

"The La Mesa Chamber is excited about this opportunity to create the "Senior Pantry Project" and partner with the La Mesa Police Department and the La Mesa Adult Enrichment Center,” says Chamber President Mary England. “We value our seniors and their commitment and dedication to our community. We are honored to assist them now in their time of need."

The Chamber has recently allocated funds and has just purchased over 595 pairs of personal protective items to be placed in the new “pantry” this week. This will be an excellent start to build the “pantry” for our senior community. The Chamber encourages members, as well as the public that wishes to be a part of this worthwhile project to drop off : canned tuna, canned vegetables or soups, cereal, Ensure or other nutritional shakes to the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce office, 8080 La Mesa Blvd., Suite 212 in La Mesa.

The hours of the office vary and staff is usually in the field on a daily and weekly basis. You are encouraged to call 619-465-7700 to be sure that staff is in the office before you attempt to drop off your items. If you have a specific need to have your item(s) picked up, please contact Mary England 619-251-7730.


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