Meals Drives To Present Groceries To Lots of Of Southland Residents Friday – CBS Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) Hundreds of Southland families in need suffering from the coronavirus pandemic will receive groceries through multiple food rides in Compton, Los Angeles and Anaheim on Friday.
The LA Regional Food Bank hosted a drive-through food distribution from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm to serve an estimated 2,000 families at East Rancho Dominguez Park on the 15,000 block of Atlantic Avenue.
Actor Danny Trejo performed outside the LA City Council Office Herb Wesson on South Western Ave. from 1 p.m. 1819 in West Adams, a drive-through food ride.
The trip will supply the first 350 cars with essential food. Vehicles must come through Manhattan Place.
A pop-up drive-through pantry provides groceries to an estimated 800 needy families at Anaheim’s Savanna High School between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. The pantry is hosted by Saddleback Church and three other churches.
“It was amazing how the demand has escalated,” Saddleback Church’s Rana Muncy told CBSLA Friday. “We actually spend seven times more food and more locations and cater for more families than before the crisis.”
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All of this follows Thursday’s news that 36 million Americans have been unemployed since the pandemic started in mid-March, including 4.1 million in California alone. The state has recorded a 22.3 percent drop in sales since January. The forecast assumes a debt of over 54 billion US dollars by summer 2021.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reported last week that the city’s unemployment rate was estimated at 24%, up from 4.7% in February. California Governor Gavin Newsom estimated last week that the state’s unemployment rate was 18 percent.