A hot meal can make a difference for someone down and out.
While the Giving Bank at Holy Family Church provides lunches to the less fortunate five days per week, one of those is a hot meal donated by an individual or group in the community.
On Wednesday in that role were members of the South Pasadena Police Officers’ Association, who served hamburgers, chips and salad to an appreciative group inside the St. Joseph’s Center at the church. The Giving Bank assists those in need by providing food to underprivileged families.
“It’s our way of helping,” said Shannon Robledo, a sergeant with the South Pasadena Police Department, noting that some took advantage of a mobile shower on wheels unit that regularly on the site while others were provided socks, toiletries and ponchos to help stay dry during stormy weather.
Officers and cadets joined SPPD Chief Art Miller at the lunch. Becky Chen, representing Congresswoman Judy Chu, was also on hand preparing meals for the homeless.
“Regardless on how they got to be homeless, they’re human beings and they’re part of our community,” said Miller. “We show them a lot of respect and share dignity with them and try to help them out the best we can.”