The Urban Partners Los Angeles food bank has more than doubled its distribution of free groceries since the first COVID-19 Safer at Home measures were announced. Over the past month since the pandemic began, volunteers have distributed 9,060 bags of groceries (184,000 lbs) to over 4,500 low-income families and seniors. This massive increase in distribution was only made possible by an equally massive increase in community members who responded to an urgent call for assistance.
Groceries for Our Neighbors is providing essential food assistance during the current health and economic crisis. Every Saturday, we serve over 800 members of the community, which serves thousands of family members waiting at home for food. Each weekend, the line of people waiting for our food bank to open grows longer, while food supplies are dwindling. Our supplies of groceries have been exhausted within hours and community members seeking food have had to leave empty-handed. UPLA is urgently fundraising to continue ensuring that those reliant on the food bank do not go hungry during this crisis.
As our operations have grown so has our need for donations of all kinds, from gloves for the volunteers to diapers for the community. Please click the link, above, to see our donations wish list and information on how you can make direct donations.
In response to COVID-19 we have significantly modified our distribution protocol to implement additional safety and infection control measures, all of which have significantly increased our operating costs. Since we no longer allow members of the public to enter the facility to collect groceries, we are more reliant on our staff than ever and have had to engage more than double the number of volunteers to pack grocery bags and maintain a 6ft distance between recipients.
Our Groceries for Our Neighbors food distribution program began during the 1992 L.A. riots when a group of community members came together to address food insecurity. When the system failed them, they took care of each other. We continue to provide direct assistance to those in need and to fight for the health and well-being of the community.
THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS
Urban Partners Los Angeles would like to thank our donors and supporters. On behalf of the UPLA family and vulnerable residents who depend on us for groceries weekly, thank you for supporting our critical lifeline program to feed thousands of neighbors in need.
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
California Community Foundation
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Mark Gonzalez – Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Nam Le – Political Director, United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770
Wilshire Center Koreatown Neighborhood Council
NBC News: Urban Partners LA is Feeding Neighbors During Pandemic
CBS 2 and KCAL 9 News: Free Groceries Giveaway Helps Families Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic
Photo gallery from our 4/11/20 food distribution by Jayrol San Jose: https://adobe.ly/3cafrit