Menifee Valley Community Cupboard and Thrift Store
Our primary mission is to alleviate hunger and malnutrition for our neighbors in need, by providing emergency non-perishable food at no cost to the homeless, seniors, families and the working poor who are experiencing tough times. This is made possible in a large part by providing our community with gently used items at a low price, in a clean, safe and friendly environment.
HISTORY: During a workshop in July, 1996 for Valley Health System's Healthier Communities Task Force, a volunteer mother from a Menifee School worried aloud about her concern for the nutritional needs of students during the time they are "off track". By February 1997 a group comprised of civic and church volunteers met to address this concern. Eve Hoover was invited to attend a meeting in February and asked to offer some thoughts on this concern. From that meeting until January, 1998 work was in progress to put into reality what we now refer to as the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard (MVCC).
Central County United Way lent "seed" money to the struggling group and acted as their fiduciary agent. Supervisor Venable was able to secure $4,300 through the county Economic Development Agency. Community volunteers and organizations dug into their pockets and also gave of their time and energy to find a site and do all that had to be done to start an agency from "scratch". Application was made to obtain status as a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and approval was received in January 1998.
Menifee Valley Thrift Store
In 2002 we purchased the Hospice Thrift Store located in Sun City. It has doubled in size and is now known as The Menifee Valley Thrift Store. It provides ALL financial support for administrative costs to both the Cupboard and Thrift Store through its sales and donations. This means 100% of all donations and grants to the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard provide food for the Menifee residents in need.
From 48 applicants representing 90 people in January, 1998 which was our first month of operation, to a year-end total of 1,568 applicants with 60,510 boxed meals, Menifee Cupboard has continued to grow. In 1999 Menifee Cupboard boxed 91,020 meals and in 2000 the total was 114,640. In 2001, Menifee Cupboard had 2,768 applicants and served a total of 6,175 people including 444 home deliveries. The total meals served were 94,391. Our records show that the most in need in this area are seniors and, in particular, widowed seniors.
The numbers listed above clearly reflect the need that exists today within Menifee to help our less fortunate residents.
Thank you to our community that donates more than 200,000 pound of food annually.
Today the Menifee Valley Community Cupboard serves over 1500 individuals and 700+ families, all residents of Menifee. We distribute annually more than 12,000 boxes and bags of food as well as holiday boxes for 400 families at both Thanksgiving and Christmas. In addition, 2045 school backpacks are distributed annually to local elementary students who may be relying on free school nutrition programs as their primary source of food. The cupboard offers home delivery for the elderly or disabled who have no means of coming to the Cupboard to receive food. We also are the local distribution point for U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Commodities also known as the Emergency Food Assistance Program.
All of this is only possible with the support of the community including the city, churches, schools, business and individuals in the community who donated almost 200K lbs of food.
The Cupboard partners with other organizations through the year such as the Assistance League of Temecula and Alternatives to Domestic Violence. Together with the Lake Menifee Women’s Club and Cal Fire/Spark of Love the Cupboard is a major sponsor of the annual Santa’s Workshop which provides toys, games, coats and lot’s of fun including a visit with Santa for more than 900 children in the community.