NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD BANK NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT! TOGETHER WE CAN BEAT HUNGER!
This pandemic is not an equal opportunity virus. The economic crisis isn’t evenly distributed across our city. Urban Partners Los Angeles’ Groceries for Our Neighbors food bank is providing essential food to low income families and seniors in one of Los Angeles’ most impacted neighborhoods.
Pressure on local food banks is rising. Nearly a month after COVID-19 Safer at Home restrictions first went into effect in Los Angeles, the city’s larger food banks are preparing to use cash reserves to supplement dwindling supplies of food donations. The challenge is even greater for smaller neighborhood food banks on which thousands of Angelenos rely.
Groceries for Our Neighbors has been providing food to families in the Koreatown/Westlake area for more than 25 years. Since the pandemic hit, demand on our weekly food bank has doubled. Each week the line of people waiting to collect groceries grows longer. So far we’ve been able to expand our distribution to meet the growing need, but we urgently need your support to continue ensuring our neighbors do not go hungry.
We have more than doubled our distribution of groceries since the first Safer at Home measures were announced. This massive increase in distribution was only made possible by an equally massive increase in volunteers who responded to an urgent call for assistance. Despite the unprecedented support from the local community, food supplies are dwindling and our operating costs are up due to the need for additional infection control measures.
We need additional funds for:
FOOD: Unlike some larger food banks we do not have cash reserves to supplement food donations.
ADDITIONAL STAFF HOURS: Increased demand and more food means increased hours of work for our 3 staff members (all of whom are from the neighborhood we serve).
PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT: Such as sanitizers, face masks, goggles and gloves for volunteers and food bank recipients.
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT AND HARDWARE: We need operational items such as palette jacks, forklifts, and crates, to handle the distribution of over 25,000 pounds of food weekly.
Please donate $20, $50, $100 or any other amount to UPLA today. And if you can, consider making a weekly contribution.
We thank you for your support. Together we can build a community strong enough to combat hunger.
Urban Partners Los Angeles is a 501(c)(3). We began in 1992 when a group of community members came together to provide groceries for their neighbors during the LA riots. When the system failed us, we came together to support each other.
Those who were already struggling before COVID-19 have been hit the hardest by the current economic crisis, and the future remains uncertain. Once again, neighbors are coming together to take care of each other. Join us!