The line snaked around the block on a recent Sunday afternoon as Angelenos on foot and in their cars waited to receive grocery bags brimming with squash and tomatoes, multicolored carrots and loaves of fresh-baked bread from two dozen volunteers, most of them young.
The food giveaway took place under makeshift tents set up in the parking lot of the Wood Cafe in Culver City, Calif., which has been closed for business since early in the pandemic. Demetrios Mavromichalis, its owner, teamed up with Natalie Flores, an urban farmer and educator, to use the restaurant to store and distribute quality surplus organic and seasonal produce collected from local farmers’ markets and grocery stores, as well as herb and vegetable seedlings from Ms. Flores’s gardens to help people grow their own food.
They served over a thousand people, a number that has been growing weekly since the pandemic began. Mr. Mavromichalis credits the program’s success to the “dream team” of high school and college-age volunteers.
Thank you, food pantry staff and volunteers!
Food bank staff and volunteers are on the front lines helping millions of families during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re working around the clock to keep food banks, pantries and meal programs running because they know that food on the table means so much more than just a meal — it is hope.
At HCAA we’re blessed to have a great staff and great volunteers to help with our mission. In fact, in Harford County, we have a number of Food Pantry Partners helping in the fight against food insecurity — and a number of wonderful people stepping up to help others!
Thank you to all those feeding our neighbors, for your dedication, courage and sacrifice!
Hunger Action Month – Virtual Food Drive
Join HCAA this September for Hunger Action Month — a month where people all over the United States stand together with the Feeding America network to fight hunger. It’s a month to spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis — and dedicate ourselves to a solution!
Please help us fight food insecurity in Harford County, by donating whatever you’re comfortable with to our Virtual Food Drive!