Union Food Distribution Feeds Laid Off Hollywood Worker


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 29, 2020

Contact: Christian Castro
(310) 857-9817 | christian@thelafed.org

LA Labor Feeds 1,400 Working Families of the Entertainment Industry

(Los Angeles, CA) On Friday, May 29, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, in collaboration with Labor Community Services, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Teamsters Local 399 and the Hollywood Basic Crafts unions, held a food distribution at Zio Studio Services Studios in Sylmar, CA for 1,400 families impacted by the COVID-19 crises.

By early morning, a line of cars stretched for over a mile with families waiting to receive food. Recipients went home with a 20 lb. box of meat, cheese, and a variety of produce.

“While we hear countless stories on woes of the economy, it is working families taking the brunt of this crises,” said Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. “These are mothers and fathers; our children and our neighbors. As history has shown us, it is organized labor who will lend a helping hand to working families and today is no different. Together, we will continue to meet the needs of our community to ensure that we get through this crisis together.”

“Our members are the driving force behind everything that we do,” said Steve Dayan, Secretary-Treasurer of Teamsters Local 399. “Today was an event organized by union members for union members and the community at large. The entertainment industry and the livelihood of our members have been devastated by this pandemic. As much effort as we are putting in to get our members back to work, we must also match that with ways we can serve and protect our Members throughout this crisis. I want to thank every single union member, organization, and company that worked together today to ensure success. It’s moments like this that you remember the importance of the strength, solidarity, and support of your Union family.”

“Our sisters and brothers in the entertainment industry have been heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and we’re committed to helping them and their families get through these rough times,” said Armando Olivas, Executive Director of Labor Community Services.

The food distribution was open to the entire community but primarily targeted workers in the entertainment industry which has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Entire studios have been forced to postpone filming, leaving tens-of-thousands out of work.

In under three months, our partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has helped feed almost 40,000 families, approximately 120,000 individuals, across Los Angeles County with food distributions in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Baldwin Park, and many others.

Our largest distribution to date, held at the Forum in Inglewood, CA fed over 7,200 families.