City CDBG Funds Help Feed Hundreds

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News Date: 
May 2, 2018
Congressman Panetta and City of Salinas officials

On April 16, 2018, Congressman Jimmy Panetta met with City leaders, Mayor Joe Gunter and Councilwoman Gloria de La Rosa to visit the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) at 404 Lincoln Ave to support the upcoming kitchen renovation project federally funded through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The project’s scope would renovate the existing kitchen to ensure low-income and homeless residents in the City of Salinas continue to have meals and a safe place to rest during the day. The FUMC’s kitchen is at least 30-years old and in need of repairs along with laundry facilities that are necessary to maintain the service to the low-income residents within the City.

The FUMC Church serves 150-200 meals daily along with providing over 30 weekly Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings on-site. Other non-profits within the City refer those needing addiction recovery services to the FUMC. The Church allows people to utilize their facility from 6am-1pm six days a week, Sunday through Friday. In addition to meals, around 100 people are able to use the Methodist Church as their permanent address. The Methodist Church provides assistance with resume writing and printing in their computer room. Additionally, the church has a clothes closet available to assist those in need.

As this project is federally funded through CDBG, there must be a benefit to the low-moderate income residents in the City of Salinas.