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Amazon Brings Food Pantry to Hunt Elementary in an Effort to Help Fight Childhood Hunger



NEWS RELEASE — On December 10, the doors of a new food pantry opened in San Bernardino but not at your typical site – it was located onsite at Hunt Elementary School. Amazon and Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County were there to celebrate the grand opening of the food pantry along with local community representatives and elected officials. Amazon provided Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County with a $25,000 donation to create the onsite food pantry at the school, helping students to reach their learning potential on a full stomach.

Hunt Elementary School students take a tour of the new pantry and check out all of the food, snacks and clothing.

“Students are our future innovators and their success depends on their ability to learn and be curious – they can’t do that on an empty stomach,” said Daniel Burton, Operations Manager at the Amazon San Bernardino fulfillment center. “Amazon is excited to be able to support Hunt Elementary School by partnering with Community Action Partnership to provide an accessible and safe setting to help support local children and their families get access to nutritious food.”

Hunt Elementary School and Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County worked together for several months to renovate the school’s current clothing closet into a full food pantry and free clothing “store.” Volunteers, including teachers and parents from Hunt Elementary School, will make sure the facility is staffed while Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County will make sure the shelves are stocked with regular food deliveries.

Students, Amazon associates and community leaders are all smiles as they celebrate the opening of a much needed onsite food pantry.

“These food pantries will help remove transportation barriers and provide convenient locations for children and families to get access to food,” said Hunt Elementary School Principal, Kristin Kolling. “Alleviating the challenges associated with hunger will empower our students to prosper in school and become engaged community members. We are so grateful for this generous donation from Amazon and the services that are being provided to our kids by Community Action Partnership.”

This donation is part of Amazon’s commitment to fight childhood hunger – more than 13 million children in the United States live in homes where they don’t regularly have enough food to eat. Amazon is working with local food banks and schools to establish food pantries in areas near fulfillment centers and help provide at least 500,000 meals to support children in local communities across the U.S.

“Our Food Bank Program has worked closely with Amazon to develop the pantry here at Hunt Elementary. Our organization will make sure this project is sustained by adopting this school, and continuing to fill these shelves with nutritious food items and other donations,” said Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County’s President and CEO Patricia Nickols-Butler. “Today, our community witnessed the power of partnership and we are thankful to be involved.”

The Inland Empire Business Journal (IEBJ) is the official business news publication of Southern California’s Inland Empire region - covering San Bernardino & Riverside Counties.

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Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling Give Back to Military Families



Stater Bros. Charities, the philanthropic arm of Stater Bros. Markets, partnered with Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling again this year for their Give Back program during National Military Appreciation Month. The program ran for the entire month of May, during which Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling committed to donating $0.25 per eligible product purchased to the Bob Hope USO. Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling donated $15,000, and Stater Bros. Charities matched their donation for a total contribution of $30,000.

A check presentation occurred during a K-EARTH 101 radiothon benefiting the Bob Hope USO. The radiothon took place at the Bob Hope USO at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) on June 29, 2023, where Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling presented Bob Hope USO with a $30,000 check.

Bob Hope USO’s mission is to strengthen America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. The Give Back program is a unique opportunity to show gratitude and support to the brave men and women who risk their lives for our freedoms and to care for their families while they are away from home on deployment.

“Stater Bros. Markets has a long history of supporting veterans, service members, and their families,” said Danielle Oehlman, Director, Stater Bros. Charities. “We are so pleased to partner with our friends at Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling and the USO to give back to those who have given so much for us.”

Lorin Stewart, President, USO West Region, said, “We are deeply grateful to Stater Bros. Charities and Reyes Coca-Cola Bottling for being sustaining partners of the USO. The Give Back program embodies the essence of the USO mission by enabling the community at large to come together to support and give thanks to our armed forces and their brave military families in an impactful way.”

Funds will support the Bob Hope USO and USO San Diego Center operations, including programs and services that strengthen the social, mental, physical, and emotional well-being of local military service members, their families, and their communities.

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BDK Logistics Intelligence Fully Leases 114,190 SF Industrial Facility in Corona, CA



Cushman & Wakefield represents landlord in lease in SoCal’s Inland Empire

Cushman & Wakefield announced that BDK Logistics Intelligence, Inc. has signed a lease for an entire 114,190-square-foot industrial facility at 1161 Olympic Drive in Corona, California. Situated in Southern California’s renowned Inland Empire, the building is owned by Monterey Rancho Mirage, LLC, which was represented by Brett Lockwood and Rick Ellison of Cushman & Wakefield in the transaction.

“We are pleased to welcome BDK to the property as a quality industrial tenant that is expanding its presence in the market, which it also currently occupies multiple warehouse facilities,” said Director Brett Lockwood. “Our client was instrumental in helping this deal transact as there were many variables that needed to be navigated which led to this lease coming together quickly and successfully.”

1161 Olympic Drive is a quality freestanding building situated on ±4.8 acres and features 20 dock high loading doors. The property is conveniently located off Interstate 15 near the confluence of SR 91 and is proximate to the extensive freeway network traversing the entire Greater Los Angeles region and into other major markets in and out of state.

According to Cushman & Wakefield’s latest Q2-2023 quarterly report, the Inland Empire industrial market posted an overall vacancy of 3.4% and has recorded more than 2.7 million square feet of positive net absorption through the first half of 2023.

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Hernandez resigns as County CEO; Snoke will continue filling in pending Board action



Leonard X. Hernandez resigned from the post of County Chief Executive Officer effective today. County Chief Operating Officer Luther Snoke has been filling in for Hernandez while Hernandez has been on leave and will continue to do so. The Board of Supervisors will act to appoint an interim or permanent CEO shortly.

“The Board of Supervisors appreciates the service Leonard provided to the public and the County organization, especially as we navigated our way through the pandemic and other very difficult challenges,” said Board of Supervisors Chair Dawn Rowe.

Hernandez provided the following statement:

“It has been an extreme privilege to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of San Bernardino County. I am thankful to the Board of Supervisors for their leadership and the hard-working men and women who do amazing work every day. Due to an urgent family health issue that requires my immediate and undivided attention, I have informed the Board of my resignation. Under the strong leadership of the Board of Supervisors and the County’s executive team, the County will continue doing great things for the residents of San Bernardino County.”

“The Board of Supervisors is committed to a seamless transition in staff leadership with no interruption in County services or impact on County residents or employees,” Rowe said. “Luther has performed well filling in for Leonard and I am confident in his ability to continue serving in this role until the Board takes action.”

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