“The Good Stuff” with Julie

The San Dimas Senior Citizen/Community Center houses lunch services and the San Dimas Cares Project. Photo: Phil Ebiner

By Julie Salazar

In San Dimas, we’re fortunate to have dedicated local workers and volunteers to help provide resources during difficult times. In this first edition, I’d like to spotlight services from the San Dimas Cares Project, San Dimas Senior Citizen/Community Center lunch services, and Holy Name of Mary food pantry.


The San Dimas Cares Project
• For seniors 60 and over 
• Offers food packages delivered on a first-come first-serve basis
• Donations accepted at the Senior Citizen/Community Center on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment Contact the Senior Citizen/Community Center at (909) 394-6290  or [email protected] to learn more

The San Dimas Cares Project delivers non-perishable food packages from items donated by local residents to seniors 60 and older. With fresh food items and masks provided by the Tsu Chi USA Foundation, these packages are delivered on a first-come, first-serve basis by volunteers and staff to our community’s senior citizens.

Residents interested in donating may deliver their non-perishable items to the Senior Citizen/Community Center on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment. 

If you have any questions or would like to register for the San Dimas Cares Project please contact the Senior Citizen/Community Center at (909) 394-6290  or [email protected]


San Dimas Senior Citizen/Community Center lunch services (managed in partnership with the YWCA)
• For seniors 60 and over
• The service is currently at capacity, and interested residents can sign up for a waitlist and arrive at noon for any available lunches
• During COVID-19, lunches are available for pick-up on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
• Contact the YWCA San Gabriel Valley at (626) 960-2995 to sign up for the waitlist
• Contact the San Dimas Senior Citizen/Community Center (909) 394-6290 or visit http://sandimasca.gov/seniorservices to learn more

Another program for seniors is the San Dimas Senior Citizen/Community Center lunch services. During COVID-19 lunches are available for pick-up. This important service not only provides nutrition but also a great connection to our thriving senior center and their resources. This service is currently at capacity; however, interested residents can sign up for the waitlist and arrive at noon to pick up any available lunches. Call the YWCA San Gabriel Valley at (626) 960-2995 for more information about this program or to sign up for the waitlist. Information about the Senior Citizen/Community Center and other senior resources are available through its website at http://sandimasca.gov/seniorservices or by phone at (909) 394-6290. 


Holy Name of Mary food pantry
• Open to all members of the community
• Offers food pantry services
• Donations accepted during food drives which are announced on the front lawn of Holy Name of Mary or through the St. Vincent de Paul Society
• Contact the parish at (909) 599-1243 ext.138 to coordinate donation or to learn more

In addition to the City of San Dimas’s food programs, Holy Name of Mary, located at 724 E. Bonita Ave., San Dimas, 91773, also offers food pantry services. Holy Name of Mary’s food pantry is run through its St. Vincent de Paul Society and open to all members of the community in need. While this program has been in existence for years, the recent COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic downturn led the parish’s festival planning committee to refocus their efforts to help provide more food to those in need in the community. The church periodically hosts food donation campaigns. Look for banner announcements on the front lawn of the church property.  The church also continues to accept donations through the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Call the parish at (909) 599-1243 ext.138 to coordinate donation drop offs.


Thank you to all of our devoted city employees and our vast volunteer network. You truly are the backbone of this community and make this city second to none.

Look for updates on these resources and more in our next issue. We’re all in this together! Stay safe and well. 

If you would like to spread the word about other programs that serve food-challenged, homeless and senior members of our community in a future issue of the San Dimas Community Post, please send more information to [email protected]

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