“Give It Forward” this holiday season by supporting food drive for Laguna Food Pantry

Katrina Martino, owner of Hudson Salon & Spa, has partnered with several local businesses to form “Give It Forward,” a collective community effort by Hudson, to support a local food drive for Laguna Food Pantry. The November food drive will continue through Saturday, Nov 16, and the drop-off locations are listed below.

Laguna Food Pantry’s nonprofit is an almost completely volunteer-run enterprise that provides free, fresh, nutritious groceries to individuals and families in need, not just those who live in Laguna Beach.

Food items at the Pantry are purchased from regional food banks and donated by local markets and private donors. The Pantry is funded by generous donors, corporate and private foundation grants, churches, schools, and local government.

Give it forward flyer food basket

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Photo by Lynette Brasfield

Most requested food items

Executive Director of Laguna Food Pantry Anne Belyea says, “We are so grateful to the local Laguna businesses (Hudson Salon & Spa, Art of Fitness, Rhythm Ride, Catmosphere, The Vault Clothing Stores, The Shop, Hobie, Brass Tack, and Yoga Sapien) that are joining together in support of the Laguna Food Pantry with a ‘Give It Forward’ food drive this month! Special thanks to Katrina Martino with the Hudson Salon & Spa for coordinating the efforts. Every weekday, the Laguna Food Pantry collects and distributes over 5,000 lbs. of free, fresh groceries to over 100 families, most of whom have children.”

“This holiday season, give it forward, please support our local food drive, and help support your neighbors in need,” says Martino. 

Laguna Food Pantry’s most requested food items are: canned tuna and chicken, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, rice and beans, and cereal.

The following businesses have partnered to collect donations and will have bins available at their locations, and in some cases, they are offering discounts to those who donate.

Give it forward flyer

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Look for this flyer on the donation bin

--The Hudson Salon & Spa – Katrina Martino 

Drop-off location: 361 Forest Ave, #104 

(Offering 30 percent off new services/gift certificates/raffle for facial services.)

--Art of Fitness – Marian Keegan and Fernanda Rocha 

Drop-off location: 1080 S Coast Hwy 

--The Vault clothing stores – Gila Leibovitch 

Drop-off location: 361 Forest Ave

(Gila is offering 20 percent off for customers in her store.)

--Rhythm Ride – Stephanie Chapel 

Drop-off location: 100 S Coast Hwy, #209a 

(Steph of Rhythm Ride is doing a raffle to win prizes.)

--Catmosphere – Gail Landau 

Drop-off location: 381 Forest Ave, Suite 100A

(Starting November 15, offering 15 percent off all retail and logo items in the café.)

--Hobie – Mark Christy 

Drop-off location: 294 Forest Ave 

--The Shop – Jessica Watson

Drop-off location: 1020 S Coast Hwy

--Brass Tack – Kristin 

Drop-off location: 311 Ocean Ave 

--Yoga Sapien – Lori Khan 

Drop-off location: 610 N. Pacific Coast Hwy, Ste 208 

If readers know of a family that is in need, please contact Katrina Martino at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To donate funds directly to Food Pantry, go to