Community Notebook: Ecumenical Hunger Program holds fifth annual Blockfest

This Saturday, Aug. 9, local nonprofit Ecumenical Hunger Program (EHP) will host the Community Blockfest in East Palo Alto, an annual event with children's activities, music, dance, food, services and more.

Based in East Palo Alto, EHP has provided food, clothes, furniture and more to families in need, at no cost, for 39 years. Charlotte Brown, the nonprofit's community outreach manager, said that Blockfest is a time for donors and clients to get together and for the nonprofit to show their appreciation to both.

"It's (meant) to unify the community," Brown said, "and it's a great opportunity for our clientele to be well-informed and entertained."

Entertainment will include Panamanian and Polynesian dance groups; latin dance group Los Flores De Mayo; Bay Area rock-and-roll band Cross Cut Saw; gospel singer Debra Thompson; and magician and balloon twister Johnny Riguera. A children's area organized by the local chapter of the National Charities Council will feature games, face painting and face tattoos.

A variety of organizations will attend to talk to the community about their programs, including Collective Roots, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford, American Red Cross, Child Care Coordinating Council and others.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers will be complimentary for attendees; additionally, there will be kettle corn, snow cones, snacks and water for purchase. A raffle will also be held, with prizes to be given out from local merchants and vendors.

What: Ecumenical Hunger Program's Community Blockfest

Where: 2411 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto

When: Saturday, Aug. 9, 1 to 5 p.m.

Cost: Free.

Info: Go to

Sam Sciolla


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