The Story of SSFL
Sowing Seeds for Life is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 2005 whose mission is to eliminate hunger. SSFL is a part of America’s Second Harvest whose mission is “feeding America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engaging our country in the fight to end hunger in our local communities.”
SSFL provides food to those who have been placed in difficult situations due to illness, accident, or misfortune and are in need of basic living essentials. Since food distribution began in December 2007, SSFL has grown from providing food to 100 people a month to over 1,000! In fall 2008, SSFL chartered its first sister food pantry in Sweden, Maine – “Sowing Seeds for Life: Sweden House.”
SSFL strives to not only help with immediate needs, but to begin a relationship encompassed in trust so we may help with other needs such as clothing, education, and housing.
Through the help of gracious donors from the community and beyond and with help from our amazing volunteers, SSFL distributes food regularly on the first and third Wednesdays of every month from 3 – 5 p.m. in La Verne, CA and from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Sweden, ME.
During these “food pantry days,” SSFL conducts cooking classes, gardening classes, and other fun events for community children to enjoy such as arts and crafts activities. SSFL also has plans for more unique ways to help those in need such as arranging for officials to educate them about local tax services and food-stamp programs.
SSFL is deeply committed to planting educational seeds in the minds and spirits of the community’s children. We believe in helping to harvest an educated and healthy crop of young people to successfully lead our community into the future.
It is our devout hope that those who receive SSFL goods and services will be strengthened in mind, body and spirit.