About Foothill Unity Center, Inc.
Foothill Unity Center is the main source of food, temporary shelter, case management, transportation, referrals and a variety of health services for low-income and homeless people in eleven San Gabriel Valley communities in Los Angeles County, California. In 2008, it was federally designated the Community Action Agency (CAA) for the Foothill Area.
The Center was founded in 1980 by Josephine Anderson in a borrowed church closet in Monrovia, California, and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1991. Since the beginning, it has been a continuous source of services for qualified low-income families and people in crisis. Its space has grown from 900 to almost 17,000 square feet, including two distribution sites and a warehouse.
In 2012, the organization
- Furnished a total of 72,695 client services, including 33,405 food orders, to 12,032 unduplicated individuals
- Provided 6,969 health services that included access and referrals to medical, dental and vision care in partnership with community providers
- Referred 1,656 individuals and families to more than 100 community partners for help with emergency needs
- Provided 1,458 children with clothes, shoes, backpacks, school supplies, vision and dental check-ups for back-to-school
- Gave generous Thanksgiving and Holiday food boxes to 2,929 families
- Distributed holiday toys and clothing to 2,373 children
- Helped people keep their pets by providing food and pet supplies
The Center has received major support and recognition from community leaders and organizations, including several distinguished awards for its work in the community. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (LARF) considers the Center to be the top food pantry in the County, recognizing it with both the LARF Community Spirit Award and the coveted Tony Collier Award for “leadership in the war against hunger.” The Center has also received the Spirit of Humanitarianism Award from the Volunteer Center of San Gabriel Valley, the Community Achievement – Torch Award from the 48th District Schools Involvement Program, and the Hunger Fighter Award from the California Hunger Action Coalition for its dedication and commitment to ending hunger in California.