Unless the Grover Beach City Council overturns the Planning Commission’s denial of the South County People’s Kitchen temporary-use permit for a dirt lot behind county buildings on 16th Street, 21 years of serving a daily hot lunch to anyone hungry could end Oct. 7.
A census this month of people eating at SCPK showed 61 percent live in a home locally and are income challenged (retired, disabled, unemployed or underemployed). Thirtynine percent were homeless, but have lived in our area at least a year.
The 350-plus volunteers who buy, prepare and serve lunch daily offer way more than food to those coming daily. We offer smiles, encouragement and compassion, as many of our guests suffer from depression and low selfesteem. We often give away clothing, blankets, sleeping bags, personal toiletries, Christmas gifts, bottled water, protein bars and household goods.
We hope the City Council allows us to continue temporary use of this property until July while we find a new location. If you want to help, write a letter or email to the Grover Beach City Council, and come to its meeting Oct. 7 at 6:30 p.m.