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Food on Foot is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the poor and homeless of Los Angeles with nutritious meals, clothing, and assistance in the transition to employment and life off the streets.
Food on Foot operates a weekly meal program every Sunday afternoon in Hollywood. Volunteers need to arrive no later than 3:15pm and the serving ends around 4:30pm.
Food on Foot began in March 1996 as one man's response to the hunger he witnessed among the poor and homeless of Hollywood. What initially began as the distribution of meals from the trunk of a car has grown through the dedication of its volunteers and now serves more than 200 meals every Sunday, rain or shine, to homeless, disabled, elderly and low-income adults and children.In 1999, we began recruiting volunteers from among the homeless to engage in trash pickup in Hollywood. Each participant is given two large garbage bags to fill with trash collected in our target areas, and in return, receive $10 in food gift cards and a chicken dinner with healthy snacks.
Today our Work for Food program helps approximately 20 individuals earn meals and food gift cards each week. We also provide them the resources necessary to get the job done - supplies, bus tokens for transportation and phone cards for communication. Most of these individuals are without stable shelter, are actively battling substance abuse or other handicaps, and are not ready for regular employment. But our hope is to gain their trust over time so that we can assist them with their needs, slowly build their confidence so that they can contribute to the community, and prepare them for a transition back into society.
Once individuals participate in Work for Food for approximately two months and demonstrate reliable work habits, these men and women can join a team of workers that clean local shopping centers and other areas in Hollywood during the week in exchange for additional food gift cards. The long-term goal is to find outside full-time job opportunities in the business community for our Work for Food graduates. Work for Food involvement, which can last from a few weeks to a few months depending upon the individual, gives those participating the confidence they so desperately need to become productive members of society again and leave life on the streets.
Food on Foot has served the same meal at the same location at the same time for many, many years. Consistency breeds trust, trust breeds confidence. And that's what Food on Foot is all about! Please consider getting involved in this unique and personal response to hunger in Los Angeles. You too can make a difference.