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Leadership Manhattan Beach Transforms Richstone Food Pantry

May 22, 2023 05:52AM ● By Mb News Staff

Single Mom Project founder Janet Jones cuts a ribbon for the food pantry at the Richstone Family Center.

The Leadership Manhattan Beach Class of 2023 has officially opened this year's class project: the transformation of a food pantry for single-parent families at the Richstone Family Center in Hawthorne.

The food pantry represents a partnership with Leadership Manhattan Beach, the Richstone Family Center, Trader Joe’s, and the Single Mom Project.


The project involved transforming an existing space at the Richstone Family Center into a nutrition pantry that includes shelving and a refrigerator.

The project has increased the number of families the facility can serve weekly to 50 single parent families, more than double the number currently served. The pantry will provide storage space for both perishable and non-perishable foods and other meal preparation items.


Leadership Manhattan Beach also donated six scholarships for Richstone representatives to become FEAST Certified Health Educators who will host 15-week seminars at the Richstone Family Center on the nutritional, financial and psychological importance of healthy eating.

Food Pantry Expansion was Collaborative Effort

The food pantry expansion involved collaboration between several local entities.

The Richstone Family Center is a nonprofit that is dedicated to treating and preventing child abuse and trauma; strengthening and educating families; and preventing violence in families, schools, and communities.

The Single Mom Project was created in 2020 by Manhattan Beach's Janet Jones, along with her (now grown) sons. The Single Mom Project has partnered with the Richstone Family Center to give cash grants to low-income, hard-working single mothers whose families are clients at Richstone.

Leadership Manhattan Beach has helped create civic awareness and leadership opportunities in Manhattan Beach since 1991. In addition to providing each class access and interaction with the various governmental departments of the city, each year the group designs and executes a capstone project to enhance the area.

Past Leadership Manhattan Beach projects have included a community mural painting, refurbishing the Manhattan Beach Santa Float, installing bicycle fix-it stations, and equipping Manhattan Beach Police Department vehicles and strategic businesses throughout the community with Automated External Defibrillators.

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