Wow. We gave out groceries to more than 2,500 households with more than 10,000 people in need at our Drive-Up Food Pantry in Van Nuys with our partners Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. We were supposed to be done at 1 p.m., but had such a huge turnout that we kept at it going another two and half hours, had another shipment of food delivered and added more than 500 boxes of groceries and chicken and bags of oranges to our original order.
It really shows how desperate people are in the Northeast San Fernando Valley and throughout the City, and reaffirms the need for federal and state aid. It also makes me believe, more than ever, that my Emergency Renters Assistance Program will be one of things the City of LA must do to assist. These people are living paycheck to paycheck – and now many do not have a paycheck. We must push forward with a rental assistance program, especially for our undocumented immigrants and black and brown communities operating on the fringes of the economy, people who have seen little if any federal aid.
I want to thank ALL the volunteers, my amazing staff for working alongside me for hours today, LAPD Van Nuys Division and LADOT for helping things run as smoothly as humanly possible, and LADWP for providing ponchos. We will continue to offer other services during this pandemic. The need is great. Blessings.