When I called 2-1-1 because someone told me they could help with nutrition, I never expected to get fresh food. They sent me to a food pantry where I got 3 onions, 4 potatoes, 4 bananas, orange, brown rice, black beans, 3 artichokes, raspberries, packaged lettuce for salad, carrots, purple cabbage, and chicken breast. I called 2-1-1 again right away and asked if I could go back to the pantry again and they told me I could go every week if I needed food. I would never have found about this if it weren’t for the people at 2-1-1!
2-1-1 In the News
Southern California Edison Invites Customers to “Round Up” Bill Payment
Everything Long Beach
May 27, 2010
Southern California Edison (SCE) is inviting customers to give a few pennies each month to the Energy Assistance Fund (EAF) to help their neighbors in need.
The EAF program grants up to $100 per year to help customers who cannot pay their electric bills. This program is funded by SCE employees and the utility’s parent company, Edison International, as well as through the voluntary donations of SCE customers. Although EAF recently received a $500,000 grant from Edison International shareholders, the program will run out of money in a few months.
2-1-1 hotline ready to launch, but needs $25,000
Santa Cruz Sentinel
May 16, 2010
By Genevieve Bookwalter
The county's new 211 service -- a hotline for social services and nonemergency disaster help -- will be answering calls by July 30 on one condition: residents donate the remaining $25,000 needed to get the system up and running.
"If everyone helps, we can bring it to our county," said Mary Lou Goeke, executive director of United Way of Santa Cruz County.
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