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Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.).
Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food.
Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate.
If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some).
Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions.
All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions.
In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up.
Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors.
Okay...finally, here are the details for this specific food distribution.
This food distribution used to be at/with another church group, Vineyard, but it appears to now be with Rise, and they are at a new location.
Every Thursday at 6:00 pm, they offer free food to people. Setup starts at 5:00 pm.
If arriving at 5:00 pm is challenging, arriving at 5:15 or 5:30 pm should be okay.
Some/many of the other volunteers are part of a church group, but they are very welcoming and friendly of new volunteers.
Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. Coppie told me they will have a food distribution every Thursday, except on major holidays. And it's possible things happen (e.g., project leader gets busy/sick, inclement weather, lack of food donations, the venue is unavailable, etc.)...
So if this day is on a holiday, or if it might rain, or there's any other reason you want to check before going, please feel free to contact them to confirm the date, time, location, and if they still need volunteers.
Ask for Coppie. She and her husband, Rick, are really friendly and nice.
btw, sometimes events like this are unpredictable...maybe one week they are low on volunteers and another week/month they have a bunch of unexpected volunteers show up (students, another group/company, etc.). So if they are crowded and have "too many" volunteers, thank you for your patience and understanding with whatever happens.
At the end of Hillcrest Street (cul de sac) is The Gary Center.
Street parking should be free.
If you see people standing by the side of the building, then you're at the right area.
Walk toward the back of the Gary Center and you should see people setting up tables/pallets and moving food.
Ask for Coppie or anyone who looks like they know what's going on, and they can instruct you on what/how to help.
And if anyone gets thirsty, just ask Coppie. They usually have some extra water or other drinks in the refrigerator that is available for volunteers.
And if anyone is hungry, sometimes a "soup lady" brings soup for the people, and there usually is enough soup for volunteers too.
Oh, and sometimes at the end of the food distribution, they might have leftover fruit and vegetables, or other perishables like bread, salads, or other refrigerated items that will expire soon, so instead of throwing them away, they encourage volunteers to take some extra items, either for yourself, or drop it off at a shelter or elsewhere....so feel free to take some items so the food doesn't go to waste.
If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability.
Greater Los Angeles