To minimize the damage of COVID-19 on food insecure people and counteract the effect of two pantry closures, Westside Food Bank coordinated with the City of Santa Monica to open a weekly pop-up food pantry in a city park that provides over 17,000 pounds of food for more than 500 households each week. We also have opened two pop-up pantries, one in Culver City and the second in the West LA area. Additionally we are working with Meals on Wheels West to provide boxes of groceries that volunteers deliver to homebound seniors along with their prepared meals.
We provide high-protein foods and fresh produce for backpack and hot meal programs serving children and families, and free farmers’ market-style distributions in Culver City Unified School District.
Veterans in need of nutritional support have access to bagged lunches at multiple VA sites and receive food from several veteran-centric WSFB member agencies including our own drive through pop pantry in front of the Fisher House.
We supply food to UCLA’s Food Closet, for multiple Santa Monica College food assistance programs and at Mount Saint Mary’s University farmer’s market-style distributions.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are providing additional food for agencies this summer to distribute to families with children in lieu of our traditional supplemental food bags.