Super Bowl Sunday didn’t interfere with our weekend work! #CityHeART #WeekendUpdate
Happy Thursday folks! We thought that sharing these simple but important reminders may help focus the upcoming weekend and the rest of this week in the direction of some well-deserved self-care and love.
It was another great night at First Fridays Long Beach! We made “heart art,” made valentines and did some music and movement! If you would like to make a donation to help make these free events possible please go to www.ourcityheart.org
Feeding Long Beach
Sack Lunch Tuesday was awesome today! Volunteers assembled 100 lunches and they were gone within 45 minutes!! We will be doing 100 lunches every Tuesday, and will keep making more and more. If you are able to donate dry snacks please let us know! They are always needed!! 🙂 Thank you to @harvestpartnerslb for providing us with fresh fruit every week, and to all of our volunteers today. Thank you to everyone who helped contribute to today’s lunches!! We appreciate all of you! ♡♡
Long Beach’s largest fruit harvest organization finds new home with CityHeart
The local backyard fruit harvesting organization formerly known as SoCal Harvest has officially changed its name to Harvest Partners LB, in connection with CityHeART, a local non-profit organization.
The all-volunteer organization had been the only such organization in Long Beach, harvesting backyard fruit for eight years. Harvest Partners LB helps homeowners with food waste, brings community members together with a clear mission of providing organic backyard fruit to the underserved in Long Beach.
Harvest Partners LB joined CityHeART after launching a partnership with Feeding Long Beach in Summer, 2016 to help prepare sack lunches and meals for local shelters and pantries serving food insecure individuals. The new name reflects the program’s intent to focus on solving food access issues at the local level. Working within CityHeART, the program will utilize the multi-purpose organization in a more integrated approach, working closely with pantries and shelters, and collaborating with the programs in CityHeART to provide opportunity to those in need.
CityHeART uses a collaborative cooperative model to empower project leaders to bring the opportunities of art, food, music, peer-counseling and support to those in need in Long Beach. The mission of CityHeART is to use art as a platform to bring awareness to challenging social issues and to encourage community members to take part in combating those issues. CityHeart builds partnerships with humanitarian organizations and uses art as the platform to bring attention to local issues in the community.
“We’re excited to have the direct support of other programs and to be more closely associated with shelters and food pantries in Long Beach. We are training harvest managers and working toward funding to make this a stable long-term program! We are thankful to all of our partnerships, clients, and volunteers that have supported this exciting move!” Allison Slay, Director of Harvest Partners LB.