Downey Council PTA H.E.L.P.S.


Barbara J. Riley Community/Senior Center
Phone: (562) 861-9833
7830 Quill Street, Suite S (Apollo Park ~ Rives & Imperial) Downey, CA 90242


Wednesdays and Fridays
10:00am to 1:00pm
Closed during all school holidays



Families qualify by requesting referral forms from their child’s school or if they do not have a student attending Downey Unified School District, and are a resident of Downey, an application can be obtained from the Barbara Riley Senior Center located in Apollo Park. Proof of residence and identification is required for each member of the household when the form is brought in to receive food. The families are eligible to receive food every other month.


In the late 1950’s, Downey Council PTA opened a Thrift Shop to help in the financial support of their philanthropic projects. At this time they also ran an emergency food program and a holiday basket program. They provided clothing to children who were referred to them from the schools.

As the numbers increased in the 70’s and 80’s, and we were no longer able to hold on to the facility that housed the Thrift Shop, in 1986 we made the move to the Apollo Neighborhood Center. We started in a janitorial storage closet and, due to space, we were no longer able to carry clothing. The Assistance League of Downey took that part of the operation under Operation School Bell who continues to give clothing to the needy children of Downey Unified School District.

We continued the emergency food program under the acronym H.E.L.P.S. which stands for Health, Education, Local Pantry Service.

As the need grew in our community, we realized the need for a larger facility. At that time Council PTA went to the city and asked for their assistance in finding a larger room for our program. As a result of our efforts, we were relocated to two classrooms at the center.

Our program is staffed completely with volunteers. Donations are made from each school’s PTA along with organized food drives. Donations are also received from scout groups, church groups, school clubs and other organizations throughout our community. Monetary donations are also made from other community groups and individuals. These funds are used to purchase food items when our shelves are low.

PTA Volunteer Times


Wednesday, 9/17: Alameda

Friday, 9/19: Carpenter

Wednesday, 9/24: Downey

Friday, 9/26: Doty/East


Wednesday, 10/1: Gallatin

Friday, 10/3: Griffiths

Wednesday, 10/8: Gauldin

Friday, 10/10: Imperial

Wednesday, 10/15: Lewis

Friday, 10/17: Price

Wednesday, 10/22: Old River

Friday, 10/24: Rio Hondo

Wednesday, 10/29:

Friday, 10/31: CLOSED


Wednesday, 11/5: Rio San Gabriel

Friday, 11/7: Unsworth

Wednesday, 11/12: Ward_Williams

Friday, 11/14: Stauffer/West

Wednesday, 11/19: Warren

Work Schedule:

Wednesday, 11/26: CLOSED

Friday, 11/28: CLOSED


Wednesday, 12/3: Alameda

Friday, 12/5: Downey

Wednesday, 12/10:  Doty/East

Friday, 12/12: Gallatin

Wednesday, 12/17: CHRISTMAS HANDOUT
Work Schedule:

Friday, 12/19-31: CLOSED


Friday, 1/2: CLOSED

Wednesday, 1/7: Gauldin

Friday, 1/9: Unsworth

Wednesday, 1/14: Imperial

Friday, 1/16: Lewis

Wednesday, 1/21: Old River

Friday, 1/23: Price

Wednesday, 1/28: Rio Hondo

Friday, 1/30 (SB): CLOSED


Wednesday, 2/4: Carpenter

Friday, 2/6: Rio San Gabriel

Wednesday, 2/11: Sussman

Friday, 2/13: Price

Wednesday, 2/18: Stauffer/West

Friday, 2/20: Ward

Wednesday, 2/25: Warren

Friday, 2/27: Williams


Wednesday, 3/4: Alameda

Friday, 3/6: Carpenter

Sunday, 3/8: Downey

Wednesday, 3/11: Doty/East

Friday, 3/13: Gallatin

Wednesday, 3/18: Gauldin

Friday, 3/20: Griffiths

Wednesday, 3/25: Imperial

Friday, 3/27: Sussman


Wednesday, 4/1: Lewis

Friday, 4/3: Price

Wednesday, 4/8 (SB): CLOSED

Friday, 4/10 (SB): CLOSED

Wednesday, 4/15: Rio Hondo

Friday, 4/17: Old River

Wednesday, 4/22: Rio San Gabriel

Friday, 4/24: Unsworth

Wednesday, 4/29: Williams


Friday, 5/1: Ward

Wednesday, 5/6: Warren

Friday,5/8-10 (SB): CLOSED

Wednesday, 5/13: Carpenter

Friday, 5/15: Downey

Wednesday, 5/20: Gallatin

Friday, 5/22: Gauldin

Wednesday, 5/27: Imperial

Friday, 5/29: Griffiths


Wednesday, 6/3: Lewis

Friday, 6/5:  Doty/East

Wednesday, 6/10: Stauffer/West

Friday, 6:12: Rio Hondo

Wednesday, 6/17: Rio San Gabriel

Friday, 6/19:

Wednesday, 6/24:

Friday, 6/26:


Wednesday, 9/3:

Friday, 9/5:

Wednesday, 9/10:

Friday, 9/12: