Quality food at affordable prices goal of Pastor Thomas
By Logan Hall
The Ojai Valley Wesleyan Church is hunting for treasure boxes. It’s not the kind you could locate with a map or find on a sunken pirate ship. The church has set out to get the Ojai Valley involved in The Treasure Box, a nonprofit subsidiary of the food distribution company, Good Source Solutions, that is dedicated to making quality food available to families at an affordable cost.
According to the company’s web site, a Treasure Box consists of 21 to 25 pounds of frozen foods ranging from beef and pork to fettuccini and chicken parmesan, enough to feed a family of four for about a week or an individual for almost a month. Families or individuals can purchase a box from their local host site for $30 and there are no qualifiers or restrictions. The contents of the boxes have a retail value of $65 to $100, and The Treasure Box has ties with more than 500 major food manufacturers, including Foster Farms, Nestle and Sara Lee, giving people access to grocery store-quality items.
“The main thing here is that the treasure boxes help people in all financial situations,” said Weselyan Church Pastor Lyn Thomas. “A member of our church had heard about it and it looked good so we said, ‘Let’s do it.’”
While the boxes seem like a great way for families to stock up on quality food at a decent price, it can also be a great way for people to donate to their community. A Treasure Box can be purchased and donated to a needy recipient. “People can purchase a box and designate the Help of Ojai’s Community Assistance Program as the recipient,” said Thomas. “C.A.P. can then distribute it to who they know.”
Everyone has a chance to fill their freezer with name-brand foods that won’t empty their bank accounts, and the company also seems to focus on including healthy items in the boxes. “The food is all really healthy and high quality,” said LaNette Donoghue, of the Wesleyan Church. “You don’t feel like you’re getting secondhand food at all.”
People interested in purchasing a Treasure Box will have until Aug. 15 to place their order to guarantee delivery in time for the month of September. Call the Ojai Valley Treasure Box at 640-5946 or log on to ojaivalleytreasurebox.org.