Keeping Families Fed During COVID-19

Two Volunteers help to load grocery boxes into a family’s vehicle. Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreations and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas host a special COVID-19 relief food distribution at East Rancho Dominguez Park. Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

An estimated 2 million people in Los Angeles County suffer from the hardship that is food-insecurity. Due to the current public health crisis and looming economic challenges, preliminary data has shown that this vulnerable population will only continue to grow much larger in the months ahead. As part of Los Angeles County’s commitment to preventing hunger and ensuring access to food for all residents, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Parks & Recreations and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas hosted a special COVID-19 relief food distribution at East Rancho Dominguez Park, to feed close to 1,800 families.

2nd District Board of Supervisors staff serving nearly 1,800 households during East Rancho Dominguez Park giveaway. Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

“This pandemic has been an unfortunate situation for many. Because of its depth and length, few weather the financial impact this virus has inflicted on families,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “I am proud to partner with the LA regional Food Bank to provide food for those in need.”

Through this partnership, LA County Food Distribution Branch and LA Regional Food Bank provided more than 2,000 36-lb grocery boxes serving nearly 2,000 households. With the help of volunteers from LA County Library, LA County Sheriff Park’s Bureau, LA County Department of Public Works, LA County Department of Parks and Recreation and CEO all items were able to be distributed through a safe and contactless drive-thru process.

Volunteers help members of our community who have been impacted by the economic crisis. Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

“We are grateful to Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Los Angeles County and all of the other partners, staff and volunteers who made today’s distribution possible,” said Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “It is a critical time for us to come together and help members of our community who have been impacted by the economic crisis, and today was a great example of that.”

Among the many programs being implemented during this crisis is the Let’s Feed LA County initiative. This initiative, created in April of this year, is a program dedicated to connecting those in need to those who can help. It serves as a one-stop shop to provide support, resources and meal and voucher programs.

“We are currently mobilizing a County-wide response to hunger by coordinating public agencies, nonprofits, philanthropy, and people who just want to volunteer to help people in need find food during the weeks and months to come,” said Gary Gero, Chief Sustainability Officer, and the Director of the #LetsFeedLACounty initiative for Los Angeles County. “We know that people are suffering and that there is a tremendous need throughout LA County. We are employing every tool that we have and creating new ones to tackle hunger. We encourage anyone who is in need, to enroll in the County’s food assistance programs and to find a food distribution event in your community”.

For more information about various food program and resources please visit: www.covid19.lacounty.gov/food