Everychild Foundation held a drive for baby food and supplies for Hurricane Katrina evacuees who will be temporarily housed in the Los Angeles area.
In the days leading up to Everychild’s annual Family Day service project, held this year at Westside Food Bank on September 11, members brought their donations to the Food Bank’s Santa Monica warehouse.
In the largest volunteer gathering ever held at the Food Bank, 150 Everychild volunteers, including more than 75 children, packed the 4,320 pounds of food, diapers, children’s clothing, supplies and linens that they had donated for distribution to families displaced by the hurricane. Westside Food Bank provided trucks and drivers to deliver the items to the Salvation Army Shelter in Bell, near downtown Los Angeles, where families from the affected areas will be temporarily housed as part of Project Angel Island, a joint effort coordinated by the City of Los Angeles, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the Dream Center, FEMA, and the AFL-CIO.
Bruce Rosen, president of Westside Food Bank’s Board of Directors and Board Member at Temple Kehillat Israel, connected Westside Food Bank and Everychild Foundation with Temple Kehillat Israel’s efforts to provide children’s items for Project Angel Island, and on Monday, September 12, Westside Food Bank delivered to the Bell Shelter the three truckloads of relief supplies that were collected by the Everychild Foundation and the Temple.In addition to their work on the hurricane relief effort, Everychild Foundation volunteers also sorted 20,160 pounds of food that will be distributed to children, families and individuals in the Westside area who are in need. While so much attention is focused on efforts to aid those affected by the disaster, the Food Bank remains committed to the thousands of local people who are in need of food assistance. Everychild Foundation volunteers also assembled the centerpieces that will be used at the Westside Shelter and Hunger Coalition’s upcoming 10th annual Success Breakfast honoring individuals who have moved from homelessness to self-sufficiency with the aid of Westside social service agencies. The centerpieces are made up of baskets of food that will be donated to the Food Bank for distribution after the event.