West Valley Community Services sees huge demand, calls for donations

Silicon Valley’s high cost of living leaves 720,000 Bay Area residents at risk for hungerThe West Valley Community Services Food Pantry provides food for families facing a hunger crisis

With economic insecurity on the rise due to COVID-19’s harmful impacts, demand at West Valley Community Services continues to rise.

Leaders at the non-profit organization, founded in 1973, say the need for assistance is higher than ever before.

“There has been a 500% increase in the need for our services, just since March,” said Josh Selo, WVCS Director.

West Valley launched a capital campaign in 2019 to meet increasing demand well before the pandemic, but the need has only exploded over the last five months. The group’s goal of more than $2.1 million would double its foot pantry, add office support for client services, and purchase a mobile pantry to meet those with mobility issues.

“So many people here are hanging by a thread, one car accident or medical bill away from economic calamity,” Selo added.

A local company steps up to assist

Last week, Lehigh Southwest Cement Company, which operates the Permanente Quarry west of Cupertino stepped up in support. Lehigh presented a $10,000 check to WVCS to help the organization continue its needed work.

“Lehigh is proud to support West Valley Community Services and all of its work serving those in need,” said Keith Krugh, Senior Plant Manager at the Permanente Quarry.

In July, Cupertino Rotary joined with WVCS to continue a school supplies program.

To see more about West Valley Community Services, and their work in the region, click here.