From May 10, 2020, 30 volunteers have created 400 grocery bags every Sunday. These bags consist of 6 items ranging from rice, beans, fruits and vegetables, oil, breakfast goods, canned goods, and juice.
There was something brewing in the kitchen
A few weeks into the Grocery Drive, our volunteers had a brilliant idea to utilize the kitchen to serve freshly prepared meals along with the groceries. We initiated this project by preparing 100 meals.
Donors helps us HUGE!
The Joy of Sharing Foundation donated the goods to fund this 21 week project. Over these weeks, we have served more than 40,000 people.
Expanded to a full fledged kitchen in 2 weeks
After two weeks, we were able to expand to cooking 1,500 meals with a team of 15 – 20 volunteers.
STATISTICS FROM THE GROCERY AND MEAL DRIVE
Many teams work together to make each event a success
Once each bag is created, they’re transported to the staging area as our site prep team setup the loading area. Volunteers have delivered large quantity of bags to homeless shelters, students at Cal State Long Beach, and other meal drives.
Delicious Food prepared fresh every Sunday morning
The volunteers have prepared a variety of meals such as Rice and beans, Chole masala and rice, Chili and Spanish rice, Pasta with and without red sauce, tacos and veggie burgers. A whole month’s menu is decided as our inventory team ensures availability of supplies.
Each week we served 1,200 - 1,500 people
These bags have served families in over 35 different cities surrounding the LA and Orange Counties. Taking full precaution, our volunteers load the trunks, while a separate loading station served the walk-ins.
Meals are delivered to unhoused population in LA
These meals are distributed to the unhoused population residing in Skidrow, Venice Beach, Compton, Silver Lake and other underserved areas in Los Angeles.