The Temecula, Murrieta Rescue Mission is a joint venture between the longstanding Orange County Rescue Mission and Temecula’s Rancho Community Church. Our local rescue mission food drives through the church all year long to provide food to feed approximately 100 local families that line up at the church every Wednesday afternoon. Families are provided with a box of non-perishable food items and a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables and breads that are harvested at a farm in Fallbrook that volunteers from the rescue mission work every Saturday morning. The bread is donated by local companies. The rescue mission also has a fully equipped medical trailer that is run by volunteer doctors and nurses on site Wednesday afternoons for those that are in need of healthcare .
Gary and I have had the pleasure of collecting, sorting and packing food on Monday mornings at the local warehouse, along with helping in the distribution on Wednesday afternoons. We have helped harvest squash, while our boys dug up radishes on the farm. After having walked with people to their cars (that many are living in) carrying their box of food, I can honestly say that it has been worth every hour we’ve spent to contribute in any small way.
With the current state of the economy there is a level of poverty and need in our valley that didn’t exist before. There is simply not enough assistance through the other emergency food providers in the valley. We are asking that the community help with this worthwhile cause (if you aren’t already helping somewhere else). We will be hosting our Annual Food Drive, this year in the Temecula Creek Community in October where we will drop nearly 400 brown paper bags in hopes of getting them filled. If you don’t live in Temecula Creek but would like to donate any non-perishable food items from your pantry, please call April at 951-522-0518 or Gary at 951-522-6308 or send an email to email@example.com and we will be happy to pick up your donation.