Through their “Neighbors Feeding Neighbors” campaign, the Cambria Community Council is working to feed people in need during these unprecedented times and community members can get involved.
The Council has been serving the community since 1947 by providing transportation services to seniors and the disabled and supporting non-profit organizations in San Simeon and Cambria. When the coronavirus landed on the doorstep of the community and a staggering segment of local business owners and workforce employees were hit with unexpected financial difficulty, it was clear they could help.

To do so, the Council began collaborating with local charitable organizations to provide food to support local citizens. Their primary focus is to make certain that people are receiving groceries and staples that they need to survive on a day-to-day basis. Their role in this effort is twofold — to raise funds for food and to inform those in need where they can receive help. To that end, they started a fundraising campaign that includes a letter to donors and a postcard that provides information on how to give a donation and how to receive help.

In order to facilitate the program, funds were garnered through grants — the organization received four. In the first round, the Council gave $19,800 to Cambria Anonymous Neighbors (CAN) for 2 distributions per month; the Lion’s Club Foundation to pay restaurants for hot meals; the Cambria Rotary to buying groceries and deliver them in San Simeon, and LINK Family Resource Center.

The Council will meet again in two weeks to check in with the groups and churches for a second round as more funds arrive.

Weekly Distribution Sites
• 1st Thursday 3-4 p.m. Santa Rosa Church at 1174 Main St, Cambri• 2nd Thursday noon- 2 p.m. Vineyard Church at 1617 Main St, Cambria
• 3rd Thursday Old Grammar School at 1350 Main Street
• 4th Thursday noon-2 p.m. Vineyard Church at 1617 Main St, Cambria
• 4th Tuesday 5-6 p.m. Oceanside Apt. in San Simeon.
• Weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coast Union High School for students only
Donations to this initiative will help support CAN and LINK Family Resources supplement the weekly food distributions; provide Cambria Rotary with funds for food delivery outreach; and assist the Cambria Lions in providing warm nutritious meals through participating local restaurants.

“Many of us who are not living paycheck to paycheck have decided that the $1,200 or $2,400 stimulus check that we are expecting to receive would best be redirected to those in the community who are in desperate need of assistance,” said Director of the Cambria Community Council, Marcelle Bakula. “The Cambria Community Council is proud to be a part of this generous community and sincerely hopes that you and your family stay safe during these trying times.

To make a donation online, go to cambriacommunitycouncil.org or mail checks to: Cambria Community Council, PO Box 486, Cambria, CA 93428-0486.

• 2nd Thursday noon- 2 p.m. Vineyard Church at 1617 Main St, Cambria
• 3rd Thursday Old Grammar School at 1350 Main Street
• 4th Thursday noon-2 p.m. Vineyard Church at 1617 Main St, Cambria
• 4th Tuesday 5-6 p.m. Oceanside Apt. in San Simeon.
• Weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Coast Union High School for students only
Donations to this initiative will help support CAN and LINK Family Resources supplement the weekly food distributions; provide Cambria Rotary with funds for food delivery outreach; and assist the Cambria Lions in providing warm nutritious meals through participating local restaurants.

“Many of us who are not living paycheck to paycheck have decided that the $1,200 or $2,400 stimulus check that we are expecting to receive would best be redirected to those in the community who are in desperate need of assistance,” said Director of the Cambria Community Council, Marcelle Bakula. “The Cambria Community Council is proud to be a part of this generous community and sincerely hopes that you and your family stay safe during these trying times.

To make a donation online, go to cambriacommunitycouncil.org or mail checks to: Cambria Community Council, PO Box 486, Cambria, CA 93428-0486.