Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel joined local leaders at the West Valley Food Pantry to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Pantry’s new expansion project to create a permanent facility to combat hunger and homelessness in the San Fernando Valley.
In 2021, Assemblymember Gabriel secured $3.5 million in the California state budget to fund this project and expand the Pantry’s outreach and services. This funding allows the nonprofit to transition out of its current makeshift space and into a permanent facility designed for providing food and groceries as well as vital services to individuals experiencing homelessness.
Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel hosted a special awards ceremony recognizing the achievements and contributions of 13 individuals and organizations who have positively impacted the San Fernando Valley over the past year. Honorees include educators, activists, small business owners, and notable civic and community leaders. Honorees will be presented with special resolutions from the California Legislature acknowledging their service to the San Fernando Valley.
Dina Kimmel, Founder of We Rock the Spectrum Kids Gym, 2022 Woman of the Year
Organization for Social Media Safety, 2022 Nonprofit of the Year
Cafe Aficionado, 2022 Small Business of the Year
Dr. Wendy Wooten, Teacher at Reseda Charter High School, 2022 Educator of the Year
Diana Weynand, Chair of the SFV Chapter of Climate Reality Project, 2022 Environmentalist of the Year
Mike Young, Political and Organizing Director of EnviroVoters, 2022 Environmentalist of the Year
Serena Oberstein, CEO at Jewish World Watch, 2022 Activist of the Year
El Proyecto del Barrio, 2022 Community Heroes of the Year
Planned Parenthood Health Center - Canoga Park, 2022 Community Heroes of the Year
Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi (MTO) Shahmaghsoudi, 2022 Community Heroes of the Year
Dale and Monique Mascari, Owners of Grocery Outlet - Canoga Park, 2022 Businesspersons of the Year
Adnan Hamid, Board Member for the Dawoodi Bohra community of Los Angeles, 2022 Community Volunteer of the Year
Pierre Arreola, Co-Founder of GR818ERS, 2022 Mentor of the Year