Since the Los Angeles Unified School District closed campuses in March, the L.A. Dream Center has provided meals for families who rely on free school meals every day, as well as seniors and members of other vulnerable populations. The L.A. Dream Center is open seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. to provide food and other essential items. As of May 12, the Dream Center has served 548,900 meals at its campus at 2301 Bellevue Ave., and through deliveries to seniors remaining isolated in their homes.
The Dream Center is currently providing approximately 11,000 meals per day. With LAUSD schools closed until further notice, plans call for the relief efforts to continue. The L.A. Dream Center is using a drive-thru to safely and quickly move families in and off the campus. A pick up and go system is used for those walking in for food.
Through the Dream Center’s mobile food banks, food is being delivered to outreach sites at communities in need. They are also serving the elderly population by delivering care packages with food and other resources to residences and senior living homes.
“Every morning I wake up and stand in the parking lot with our dedicated staff, I am blown away that day after day, week after week, there is enough food to provide to folks that need it,” Dream Center co-founder Matthew Barnett said. “It’s a miracle of biblical proportions. The Los Angeles Dream Center has transformed into the Grand Central Station of food distribution and other basic essentials. I’m so grateful that our team has stayed healthy, and that we’ve found a safe way to meet the urgent needs within our community. I can’t say thank you enough to the various donors who’ve made this a reality.”
The Dream Center has received support from legislators, restaurants, businesses, celebrities and athletes, including Kanye West, Chick-Fil-A and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, 13th District, visited the Dream Center in April and provided masks for people who don’t have them when they arrive for a meal. The Los Angeles Dodgers also provided Dodger Dogs for distribution during lunch on April 17. More support is needed. For information, visit dcf.dreamcenter.org.
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