L.A. Unions Feed Thousands of Their Neighbors

05/30/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Saturday, May 30, 2020

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Contact: Christian Castro
Communications Director
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
(310) 857-9817 | christian@thelafed.org

L.A. Unions Feed Thousands of Their Neighbors
L.A. Labor Feeds 2,000 Families in its Pico-Union Neighborhood

 

(Los Angeles, CA) – On Saturday, May 30, 2020, the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, in collaboration with Labor Community Services, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Miguel Contreras Foundation, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo (CD-1), held a food distribution at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor office in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA for more than 2,000 families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

While the distribution began at 12 PM, a line had started forming by 7 AM. Recipients received 20 pounds of meat, bags of cheese, fresh produce such as strawberries, apples, oranges, green beans, potatoes, and lettuce, along with additional items.

“Across Los Angeles and the country, it is working families shouldering the economic burden of this crisis,” said Ron Herrera, President of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor. “We have been a part of the Pico-Union neighborhood for decades. 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 all working families, union or not, and today is no different.”

“We are thankful to the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, now one of our official ~600 Partner Agencies,” said Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. “In an area as large as Los Angeles County, it takes strong partnerships like this to help all of our neighbors get the nutritious food they need.”

“All of our families have been impacted by the Coronavirus, especially families who are already struggling to make ends meet,” said Armando Olivas, Executive Director of Labor Community Services. “Every family helped is a family who knows that they are not alone. That’s is why we will continue to work together to help our communities in need.”

“As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, we stand united to help our families during this time of need,” said Jessie Mosqueda, Director of Miguel Contreras Foundation. “These food distributions provide hope when we most need it and we will continue these efforts for as long as it is needed.”

“During times of tragedy and uncertainty, we, as a community and as a nation, have never failed to come together and work towards one common goal to beat back this pandemic,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo (CD-1). “The working families, the poor and front line workers who are a cornerstone of our economy are taking the brunt of this crisis. That is why Team Cedillo joins Los Angeles unions in this walk-up food distribution to help those in need.”

The food distribution was open to the entire Los Angeles community but primarily targeted towards the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor’s neighbors in the Pico-Union and MacArthur Park neighborhoods.

In under three months, our partnership with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has helped feed over 40,000 families, approximately 160,000 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.

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