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Westside Food Bank
www.westsidefoodbankca.org

The Westside Food Bank was founded in 1981 as a project of the Westside Ecumenical Council. Its mission is to distribute as much food as possible to local food assistance charities and to reduce food waste on the Westside. The incidence of food insecurity on the Westside has risen dramatically. The food pantries it serves have had a 5% increase in client visits over the year before. Last year it fed more than 82,000 people, nearly half of them children through deliveries to more than 60 social service agencies. Palisades Presbyterian members contribute to the food bank at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and at the Palisades Hunger Walk.
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Habitat for Humanity
www.habitat.org

Millions of Americans face a housing crisis. In fact, 5.1 million American families have “worst-case” housing needs, forced to pay more than half their income for housing, endure overcrowded conditions and/or live in houses with severe physical deficiencies. Worldwide, the need is even greater. Some 2 billion people worldwide live in poverty housing. More than 1 billion live in urban slums, and that figure is expected to double by 2030. Many of these people earn less than US$2 per day.

Habitat for Humanity is changing lives. Working in partnership with low-income families to build decent homes they can afford to buy, Habitat helps to break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness. By the end of 2005, more than 1 million people worldwide will live in decent, affordable Habitat for Humanity houses.

Helping Hands
Helping Hands volunteers assist in serving at memorials, wedding receptions, and other special events held at the church.
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Men’s Mission
Trips are organized specifically for men to travel together in fellowship and contribute to projects around the world.
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Women’s Mission
Trips are organized specifically for women to travel together in fellowship and contribute to projects around the world.d specifically for women to travel together in fellowship and contribute to projecs around the world.
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Youth Mission
Our junior and senior high students travel each spring to the Campo Indian Reservation, where they work building houses for families in need. Each summer, 30-40 high schoolers spend a week or more serving a distant community. Recent trips have included New Orleans, Scotland, Hawaii and Budapest.
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