The Hollywood Bowl is no stranger to large crowds. Today, however, the parking lot wasn’t full of parked cars. Instead, cars with popped trunks carefully navigated lanes of boxed goods to gather food to feed themselves and their families. At this distribution alone, 2,936 families received the help they needed.
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Food Bank has been working hard to reach more people who face food insecurity. During normal times, the Food Bank helps roughly 300,000 people each month who otherwise may not have access to the nutritious food they need. Since the economic crisis, the number of people served has increased markedly and is now estimated to be at least 500,000 people served over the course of a month.
In addition to the normal work of the Food Bank, special COVID-19 relief drive-thru distributions have taken place all over LA County including the communities of Altadena, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bell, Burbank, Carson, Commerce, Compton, Covina, Downey, East Los Angeles, Glendale, Hawaiian Gardens, Huntington Park, City of Industry/La Puente, Inglewood, Lake Los Angeles, Littlerock, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Maywood, Norwalk, Monterey Park, Paramount, Pico Rivera, San Fernando, San Pedro, South Los Angeles, South Gate, Sylmar, Torrance, Van Nuys and Wilmington.
The “Drive Through” distribution, coordinated with LA County, was held in the parking lot of the Hollywood Bowl and had multiple separate lanes so families could receive the food assistance without leaving their cars – an essential consideration to mitigate the continued spread of COVID-19.
Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, commented, “Thank you to LA County, the Hollywood Bowl and other partners that made today’s distribution possible. People in our communities need help, and by coming together, we are able to provide nutritious food to those who need it.”
The Food Bank is a non-profit organization with top rantings on Charity Navigator, Guide Star and others. As a highly efficient organization, roughly 97% of the funds donated are reinvested into the community, and every $1 provides the equivalent of 4 meals.
The Food Bank relies on the generosity of the community. Please consider donating today.