COVID-19 Emergency Food Bank

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.  Since the strt of the pandemic in March 2020, our volunteers have distributed groceries to over 207,400 households serving more than 57,000 struggling families and seniors in Los Angeles. 

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.

Food Bank Volunteer Form

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 below to see our donations wish list and information on how you can make direct donations.

UPLA Food Bank Donations Wish List

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.



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.

AETHER Apparel
American Beverage Association
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, Assembly District 53
California Community Foundation
California Fire Foundation
Cause Communications
Chiquita Fresh North America
Chingoo Snack Mix
Congressman Jimmy Gomez, Congressional District 34
David and Natasha Fizdale
Diane Keaton
First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
Food Forward
Forever 21 
Labor Community Services
Lobue Laser and Eye Medical Center
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis, District 1
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Mark Gonzalez – Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Media Box Camera
Miguel Contreras Foundation
Motown on Mondays (LA)
Mutual Aid Network Los Angeles
Nam Le – Political Director, UFCW Local 770
Pensieve Foods
Southwestern Law School
Teamsters Local 396
The Diane Hall Living Trust
The Wonderful Company
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770
UFCW Local 770 Icaza Foundation
Whole Foods Market
William I Smith Family Foundation

CNN: Trinity Tran, Executive Director of Urban Partners Los Angeles: Food bank lines are reminiscent of Great Depression era.
Yahoo! News: Line Outside Los Angeles Food Bank Stretches for Blocks
CNN: Interview at Urban Partners Los Angeles Food Bank
NBC News: Urban Partners LA is Feeding Neighbors During Pandemi‚Äč
CBS 2 and KCAL 9 News: Free Groceries Giveaway Helps Families Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic
Urban Partners LA Food Bank Short Film by Myrrh Raguro
Photo gallery from our 4/11/20 food distribution by Jayrol San Jose:
Photo gallery from our 8/1/20 food distribution by Zyra Raguro:
8/1 Food Bank Gallery Link



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