Inland Valley Hope Partners programs.

Those facing poverty may be able to get assistance from Inland Valley Hope Partners. The non-profit organization and its partners offer several services and programs. They range from free food, meals, and housing to possibly emergency financial aid for rent or paying utility bills.

The programs they administrate support certain parts of both San Bernardino and Los Angeles County. Note, resources are limited and it relies heavily on donations and volunteers, so please give back to Inland Valley Hope Partners if you can.

There is assistance in several counties and towns in the region. They include Chino, Rancho Cucamonga, Walnut, Ontario, Chino Hills, Montclair, Claremont, Diamond Bar, Pomona, La Verne, San Dimas, Upland, and even Mt. Baldy. So this is really the eastern part of Los Angeles as well as several towns and regions in San Bernardino.

Not only does the organization rely on contributions from the community, but they also partner with churches, businesses, faith based groups, and other non-profits in Southern California. This is done in an effort to coordinate the greatest number of social services and assistance programs for the highest number of people.

Food pantries and soup kitchens or feeding sites are disbursed in the region. They are located in San Dimas, Ontario, Pomona, as well as Claremont. They provide the least fortunate with hot meals, emergency boxes of food, and even a kind ear.

There will be up to one week worth of free food for each member of the family. It may contain canned goods or fresh fruits or vegetables. Other help includes free meals and special food programs for homeless individuals, and referral to other social services as needed, such as Cal Fresh or regional food banks in California.

Additional resources include the Farmer’s Market is located at Garey Ave. @ Pearl Street, Pomona and operates on Saturdays. There is also the Gleaning Hope & Constantine Garden which provides low income qualified clients with fresh fruits and vegetables.




Thousands of families across Los Angeles and nearby areas use the Inland Valley Hope Partners pantries every month. In general, they may offer groceries or food supplies in that almost touch the one million number as far as meals served. There will be thousands of pounds of fresh fruits, baked goods and produce passed out every year. They strive to ensure no one goes hungry, in particular children.

The organization also strives to empower people, so to this end case management and similar activities are available. This can include information on job programs, ESL classes, or other resources that could lead to stability and long term success.

While Inland Valley Hope Partners tries to help everyone that qualifies, much more limited is the financial aid. When possible, individuals or the homeless, including single parents, may qualify for Emergency Housing or Rental Assistance Program as a form of eviction prevention. There are also shelters that operate or very short term motel vouchers that may be disbursed.

Other stabilization resources include Life Skills Assistance, Job Placement, and referrals to budgeting and credit counseling agencies in Los Angeles. Staff from Inland Valley Hope Partners or its partners may also help with Housing Search Assistance. In past years, shelter or rent assistance provided was equivalent to over 15,000 nights of housing.

As noted, they rely heavily on community support, including that from volunteers, churches, and other charities. This cooperate from the community is key to helping the region address poverty and assist people with self-sufficiency. The main Inland Valley offices are at 904 E California St, Ontario, CA, (dial (909) 391-4882) as well as 660 N Mountain Ave, Claremont, California, (telephone (909) 621-2400), however other centers are available as well.



By Jon McNamara

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