Serving Koretown’s Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Pandemic

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas partnered with Kheir Clinic to help distribute more than 800 free meals to low-income Koreatown residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“During this pandemic, low-income families have faced unprecedented amounts of financial distress, so we must do all that we can to help those who need it the most,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas. “I am proud to partner with Kheir Clinic, to serve the Koreatown community. Hunger is an issue that affects so many, and we want to make sure that no individual goes home empty-handed.”

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas passes out food to low-income residents in Koreatown during Kheir Clinic’s meal distribution.

Patients of the Kheir Clinic, residents of St. James Episcopal Church shelter, and families from Bresee Youth Center were provided with hot meals from Mr. Seung Hoon Lee’s Oyabun and Bon Shabu Restaurant.

Kheir Clinic is a nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center that provides free and low-cost healthcare and human services for multicultural populations.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on our community,” said Erin Pak, CEO of Kheir Clinic. “Many have lost jobs and benefits, and Kheir’s clinicians report that patients are struggling with hunger and food insecurity. We’ve been collaborating with local partners on food distribution initiatives like today’s event, making fresh and nutritious meals more accessible for our patients and neighbors.”

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas toured the clinic, visited several patients and provided them with hand sanitizer. Patients also received information on Kheir’s wide range of integrated healthcare services, including the clinic’s expansion of free COVID-19 testing.

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