The Las Vegas Food Bank caters to those struggling in the Asian community

Steve Marcus

Nam Tran brings bags of groceries to a vehicle in the Asian Community Development Council’s pantry near Arville Street and Harmon Avenue. Thursday March 17, 2021. The council set up the pantry to help Asian residents affected by COVID-19 whose diets are different from typical American ones.

Since being fired from Aria food service in March, Victor Ly has struggled to provide his family with the Vietnamese meals they are used to.

Ly, the Vietnamese woman, turned to the pantries and found the warehouses that mainly sold American food. Then he discovered the nonprofit Asian Community Development Council’s food bank at 4460 S. Arville Street.

Now he can get the staples he’s used to: rice noodles, jasmine rice, fatty pork, fish sauce, and pickled vegetables, including.

“We don’t have to go shopping when we pick up here,” Ly said as he waited for his groceries in the council warehouse one morning.

With a federal grant from the CARES Act, the council can provide traditional Filipino, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese staple foods. Officials said they spent more than $ 1 million on California Wholesale Produce, Seafood City, and Asian Groceries to populate the shelves.

“We’re trying to accommodate mixed families,” said Louis Anderson, a public relations coordinator who translated for Ly and spoke in his native language. “We try to give them a lot of basic ingredients so they can do what they want.”

The town council helped feed more than 1,500 families from September to December, said Vida Chan Lin, founder and director of the organization.

That morning, about 15 cars showed up with their trunks as people waited for shopping bags of fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, and a large bag of rice. The municipal council operates a 6,000 square meter warehouse every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

In total, they are working to feed about 1,500 families, officials said.

In addition to the distribution of food, the Council also assesses what other services it may be able to provide, e.g. B. Housing benefit or citizenship applications.

Families have discovered the pantry through social media or the churches, temples, and cultural organizations that work with the council. Prospects are required to apply online and provide income information and a statement on how the pandemic has affected them.

Shu Möller, 65, was waiting for groceries after a friend told her about the program. Möller’s husband died 10 years ago and she lives on a monthly social security check of $ 1,000.

“It’s really hard because she’s a single, elderly woman who has to pay rent and utilities,” said Anderson, translating for Möller, who spoke Mandarin. “She just wants the pandemic to be over.”

The group also relies on donations, especially much-needed items such as meat, fish and chicken. For more informations.

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