LOS ANGELES - Keeping with his priority to keep people housed and fed during the Coronavirus pandemic, Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell is partnering with the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF) and Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA) to host a monthly food box distribution specifically for residents in Council District 13.
The first food box distribution events will be held the second Friday of each month, from 10am to 12pm, at Councilmember O’Farrell’s District Office, 1722 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026. Residents who live in the 13th District can register for the monthly event and receive the distribution. Email Julio Ramos of SALEF at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text (213) 246-2471.
Food insecurity has increased significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. According to a study from the USC Dornsife College’s Public Exchange, more than one in four Los Angeles County households have faced at least one instance of food insecurity between April and July of this year, well above pre-pandemic levels. The monthly food box distribution seeks to address this troubling statistic by providing free and nutritious food to Angelenos who have been impacted the greatest - women and children, seniors, minorities, and low-come households.
“As my constituents continue to struggle due to the pandemic, my office is doubling down on our efforts to keep people fed and housed, moving forward with our work to help our most vulnerable residents and their families,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “I’m proud to partner with SALEF and SEE-LA to host this monthly food distribution in concert with providing subsidies to help keep tens of thousands of city residents housed, both with $1M from my office’s discretionary funds and $103M from my work with the city council.”
“COVID19 has impacted all communities. We have seen the loss of jobs increase food insecurities in the most vulnerable communities across Los Angeles. SALEF is excited to work with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and SEELA to tackle food insecurity in CD13,” said Jocelyn Duarte, Executive Director of SALEF. “We will provide essential resources like healthy and culturally sensitive foods as well as information to connect residents to healthcare services and other vital resources to address the economic disparities that this pandemic has brought to communities. Thank you to Councilmember O’Farrell and his office for supporting immigrant and low-income families throughout the district.”
“SEE-LA and the participating farmers are grateful to Councilmember O'Farrell and SALEF for the chance to be part of this monthly distribution in CD13, where we have operated farmers' markets since 1991," said Stephen Gutwillig, Executive Director. "Since March, SEE-LA has distributed more than 61,000 fresh farm boxes in 150 events across LA County, addressing the twin crises of food insecurity in the community and farm insecurity as scores of family farms in our network face devastating losses from the closure of restaurants and farmers' markets. Events like this feed needy families and help regional farms replace plummeting wholesale and retail revenue, save countless farm worker jobs, and prevent untold tons of regional fruits and vegetables from going to waste.”
Food boxes are limited in quantity and Council District 13 households are encouraged to email Julio Ramos of SALEF at email@example.com or call or text (213) 246-2471. The food box distribution will be hosted on the second Friday of every month at 10am at Councilmember O’Farrell’s District Office through 2021.
Councilmember O’Farrell represents the neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Hollywood, Rampart Village, Silver Lake, Thai Town, and Wilshire Center/Koreatown.