Food from closed LUSD schools going to feed local homeless, low income families

Food from closed LUSD schools going to feed local homeless low income families

LOMPOC, Calif. - The freezers at the Bridgehouse Shelter in Lompoc are so stocked with pizza's now, you might think this was a bachelor pad.

"Me personally, whatever [food] it is - it's my favorite...I've basically put on 55 pounds since I've been here," said David DeMatteo who is staying at the shelter. 

The pizza is just part of the food donation given to them on Wednesday by the Lompoc Unified School District. 

"This type of blessing is a great thing because we don't always get items such as yogurt that we can put out for morning breakfast that really help a lot and even things like kiwi which is fresh fruit - we don't get a ton of," explained Bridgehouse manager Brian Halterman. 

This donation was coordinated in part by Planting a Seed, an outreach organization for the homeless and low-income families in the Lompoc community. 

"I think it's very important that all of the agencies in Lompoc that are dealing with any issues that we all come together and work as a collaborative team," said Shawndel Malcolm, Director of Planting a Seed. 

Bridgehouse Manager Brian Halterman says meals at the shelter would be difficult without donations like these, telling us: "It's not a lot of money we have to go buy food all the time - so when people give, it helps us stretch that. It doesn't go to waste, we don't throw it away but we make meals that help provide a healthy and nutritious meal that our homeless need."

As for those staying at the shelter, they say they're grateful for meals like these that can help give them the energy to get back on their feet. 

"Most of us have come from nothing so all the resources that we've been's a blessing," DeMatteo said.  

For low-income students who typically rely on these meals, we're told that they can still pick food at the Boys and Girls Club and the YMCA. You can contact Planting a Seed for more information. 

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