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From nonprofits to pro sports teams, organizations across Los Angeles are stepping up to support Angelenos in need. There are also numerous opportunities for each of us to do our part.
Battleship IOWA: USNS Mercy
The Battleship IOWA has announced that the hospital ship USNS Mercy is on its way from San Diego to the Port of Los Angeles to provide 1,000 hospital beds in support of COVID-19 response efforts. According to the press release, the Mercy will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals, and will provide a full spectrum of medical care including general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults. "This will allow local health professionals to focus on treating COVID-19 patients and for shore-based hospitals to use their ICUs and ventilators for those patients."
LA Sports Teams
The LA Lakers, Clippers, Kings and STAPLES Center have announced that they will join together to establish a fund that will provide financial support for more than 2,800 hourly event employees impacted by the suspension of sporting events at STAPLES Center.
Food waste was an unintended consequence of the cancellations of the NBA and NHL seasons. Thanks to quick action from the hospitality and retail strategy team at STAPLES Center, 7,000 pounds of food was donated to the Midnight Mission and Los Angeles Mission in Downtown LA.
The Los Angeles Chargers donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to help ensure hunger services remain uninterrupted for the Los Angeles community.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are donating $1 million to help support gameday staff affected by the postponement of the 2020 season. The Dodgers are joining Major League Baseball's 29 other teams, who are each contributing $1 million.
One of the best ways to support local restaurants during this time is through takeout orders or purchases of gift certificates. Visit dineL.A. To Go for a one-stop resource of the best LA eats you can enjoy safely at home by ordering takeout, curbside pickup, or delivery.
THE PARK'S FINEST
Located in Historic Filipinotown, The Park's Finest stopped their takeout/delivery service and is now delivering catering trays to those on the front lines in hospitals and firehouses battling the coronavirus. To arrange a delivery, fill out the Google form linked from The Park's Finest Instagram profile.
FEW FOR ALL
Ramzi Budayr (former GM at the Nomad) and Tyler Curtis (former executive chef at Pilot at the Hoxton) were leaders in the hospitality industry until the COVID-19 disruption. Seemingly overnight they created "FEW for all", (Flour Eggs Water) an Instagram account and handmade pasta endeavor that donates to the LA Food Bank. For every item you buy off their streamlined menu, they donate a pound of their exquisite pasta shapes to the LA Food Bank. Did we mention they deliver? Are you an unemployed hospitality worker in need of a good meal? Roll up and they'll hand you dinner on them. The sauces and cookie dough are not to be missed and FEW have just expanded the menu to a limited edition Bucatini and now ...cinnamon rolls. On Instagram only @fewforall.
FREE FOOD FOR SCHOOL KIDS
Eater LA reports that three Los Angeles restaurants are providing free food to students who depend on school programs for their lunches:
- Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken (Arlington Heights, Burbank, Long Beach) - daily from noon to 8pm
- Prime Pizza (Little Tokyo, Fairfax, Burbank) - send a DM on Instagram and Prime Pizza will send a pizza, salad or even a cookie
- Sebastian’s Mediterranean Cuisine - school admins and teachers can contact the San Pedro restaurant for assistance
The Los Feliz location of plant-based Honeybee Burger is taking care of staff and visitors from nearby Children's Hospital and Kaiser Hollywood. Normally priced at $5.95, the Little Bee Box (Beyond kids slider and mini Frots or mac & cheese) is just $3 with any purchase. Show your emp ID or visitors tag when purchasing. Not available on apps.
In addition to offering to-go and pickup items, Playa Provisions is extending complimentary meals off the kids menu for children 10 or younger (call for details).
PORRIDGE + PUFFS
Named for the late (great) Jonathan Gold and inspired by Asian set meals, purchase of a Porridge + Puffs "Gold Set" meal donates towards buying a meal for a first responder and/or frontliner in the city of LA. They are providing 100 meals a week (a similar set meal you're eating) to nurses, doctors, school lunch program providers, food bank workers, local law enforcement, EMT's and firefighters. they are keeping an on-going list of recipients, so if you know a group that needs some love, email them. They also have a unique assortment of provisions and self care items available for pickup (see website for hours) and delivery via postmates.
SAN PEDRO FISH MARKET
In a continuous effort to provide support to those affected by COVID-19, San Pedro Fish Market is donating World Famous Shrimp Trays to first responders across Los Angeles County. To date, San Pedro Fish Market has donated over 1,200 meals to front line healthcare responders across Long Beach, San Pedro and Los Angeles communities. Both San Pedro and Long Beach Fish Markets are gearing up for additional meal donations throughout the community.The World Famous Shrimp Tray is a mound of fresh shrimp piled high with fajita bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and potatoes tossed with San Pedro’s signature savory seafood seasoning and soybean butter. Served with fresh, house-made garlic bread, the World Famous Shrimp Tray is a deeply satisfying seafood meal. Get one for yourself: San Pedro Fish Market is offering World Famous Shrimp Trays for four people for just $20. Available for local delivery via Grubhub, now through May 3, 2020.
SQIRL LA - RESTAURANT WORKERS RELIEF PROGRAM
Starting Saturday, April 4, Sqirl takes over the reigns from Osteria Mozza (partnered with Maker's Mark) to give away dinners to restaurant workers in need every night at the Virgil Ave location from 4-7pm. The Restaurant Workers Relief Program is also giving away much-needed supplies like diapers, wipes, baby food, canned foods, TP and more.
Food & Wine reports that another LA culinary icon, Wolfgang Puck is paying everhourly and salaried worker full wages as his restaurants in LA and around the world reduce hours or temporarily close. Puck's flagship Spago Beverly Hills is offering multi-course dinners for two at cost for curbside pickup. And yes, they include the famed smoked salmon pizza.
Employees Only, the West Hollywood bar and restaurant is offering free meals Monday through Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. or while supplies last. The bar plans to make 100 meals a night and provide each person with two. Workers will be asked to show paperwork or a pay stub and an ID. Casamigos, Grey Goose, Casa Azul and El Silencio are sponsors. (via the LATimes)
Roy Choi plans to give away 300 taco plates to hospitality workers at 320 S. Mission Drive in San Gabriel on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. or until supplies run out. All meals will be delivered to your car. Two more locations will be announced later this week via the Kogi Twitter account and website. Choi said musician Ryan Tedder, his wife and the band OneRepublic made a large donation to pay for the food. (via the LA Times)
The Atwater Village pizzeria is offering free takeout pizza for hospitality industry workers Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. or while supplies last. Hail Mary, 3219 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 284-8879 (via the LA Times)
Habit Burger plans to use its food trucks to donate 8,000 meals to healthcare providers. To abide by social distancing guidelines, they are asking that representatives from each location pick up the meals from the truck to avoid a line. The first stops are Dignity Health St. Mary in Long Beach and Providence Hospital Mission Hills on March 27, followed by Children’s Hospital L.A. on Sunset Boulevard and Second Harvest Food Bank in Anaheim on March 28, then Kindred Hospital in La Mirada on March 30, San Dimas Community on April 1, Keck Hospital USC and Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park on April 2 and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital on April 3. (via the LA Times)
La Piazza at the Grove is serving free meals to nurses, doctors, first responders, LAPD and LAFD. Pizza, pasta and paninis are available for takeaway Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. while supplies last. (via LA Times)
Through its Impact Outpost program, Sweetgreen is delivering free salads and bowls to hospitals in cities where there is a Sweetgreen. It is accepting requests and has already sent food locally to West L.A. Veterans Affairs Medical Center, L.A. County-USC Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital L.A. (via The LA Times)
Several local restaurants are offering new or expanded retail market services, selling fresh produce, prepared items, and yes, even toilet paper.
- Audrey at the Hammer - offering lunch and dinner takeout, as well as Audrey Provisions with stews, soups, and bulk items. Open Tuesday - Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
- Botanica - open 9am to 9pm daily with local produce, prepared food, coffee counter and wine shop. ON HIATUS UNTIL APRIL 6
- Guerrilla Tacos - "Emergency Taco Kit" with 4 rolls of TP, 5 lbs roasted chicken, 5 lbs carne asada, 1 quart red salsa, 1 quart green salsa, tortillas, onion, cilantro, rice & beans, and 30 eggs.
- Gwen - Curtis Stone's high-end butcher shop has expanded to a full-service grocer, offering delivery and curbside pick-up. Deliveries go out daily at 4pm.
- Maude - Maude Marketplace is open 11am - 6pm for eggs, produce, freshly baked pastries, homemade soups and stocks, daily specials, and premium cuts from sister restaurant Gwen.
- Messhall Kitchen - Messhall Market is open noon-8pm with a pantry that includes TP, produce, eggs, milk, meats and more.
- Tesse - Tesse Market is open 8am - 6pm daily with fresh produce and bread, meats and cheeses, beer and wine, TP and more.
- Zinc Cafe & Market - every location has been converted to a local grocery market offering staples like onions, potatoes, TP, eggs, milk, butter and more.
Markets & Groceries
SPECIAL SHOPPING HOURS FOR SENIORS
CBSLA has compiled an extensive list of stores offering special early shopping hours for seniors, including:
- Big Saver Foods - open from 7:30-8 a.m. for seniors over age 65.
- Northgate Market - all 41 locations are reserving the first hour just for seniors and disabled customers.
- Ralphs - dedicated shopping for seniors age 65 and older from 7-7:30 a.m. daily beginning March 20.
- Smart & Final will open from 7:30-8 a.m. for customers 65 and older and those with disabilities.
- Stater Bros. Markets - all 169 locations will open at 7:45 a.m. for seniors over 65 years old.
- Super A Foods - shopping from 7-8 a.m. reserved for those 65 and older.
- Target - first shopping hour of every Wednesday to the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.
- Vons, Albertsons and Pavilions - every Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 a.m. reserved for senior citizens, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems.
- Walmart - seniors 60 and older will have an hour of shopping every Tuesday before stores open. Walmart pharmacies and Vision Centers will also be open at this time.
- Whole Foods - all stores will be open to customers 60 and older one hour before opening to the general public.
For the full list, visit CBSLA.
GLENDALE FIRE DEPT. DELIVERY SERVICE
The City of Glendale has announced that the Glendale Fire Department will be providing delivery services of groceries and essential goods for Glendale seniors and individuals that are at higher risk of getting very ill from COVID-19. This service will be provided at least through the end of March. Those in need can call 818-548-4814 to request service.
LA native Olympia Auset founded SÜPRMARKT with the goal of providing 100% organic produce to "food deserts" in underserved communities. SÜPRMARKT recently collaborated with Slauson Girl, Growing, and The Hood Healer to present Feed The Hood. The giveaway included seeds, rice, beans, quinoa, and more to support those that don’t have the means to prepare for a potential shutdown, or whose store shelves are empty.
Subscribe to SÜPRMARKT and receive weekly boxes of fresh produce, or pickup at their next pop-up. With the One-For-One Program you can donate a subscription.
Film Academy- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has made a $6 million donation that will help support motion picture employees and their families facing severe financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The donation will also provide aid to institutions focused on supporting diverse filmmakers. The Academy said $4 million of the donation will be distributed equally between The Actors Fund, which supports behind-the-scenes workers as well as performers, and the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The Academy will contribute an additional $2 million to the already-established Academy Foundation to support its grants program. (via Variety)
#PayUpHollywood - Entertainment organizations #PayUpHollywood, Scriptnotes Podcast and YEA! have teamed up to create the Hollywood Support Staff COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist LA-based support staffers affected by the COVID-19 shutdowns.
Netflix - Variety reports that Netflix has created a $100-million relief fund to help members of the creative community who have been left unemployed and without a way to earn an income during the coronavirus pandemic. The bulk of the funds will go toward supporting laid-off crew members.
Alamo Drafthouse - The alternative movie theatre chain has closed all 40 locations, including The Bloc in Downtown LA. According to Variety, Alamo has established a $2 million emergency relief fund for staff members who were furloughed.
- MusiCares - The parent organization of the GRAMMY Awards, the Recording Academy and its MusiCares philanthropic arm are donating up to $2 million to artists and musicians affected by coronavirus closures and cancellations. Eligible music professionals (at least five years of employment in the music industry, or six commercially released recordings or videos) can apply for relief funds on the MusiCares website. Proof of cancelled gigs due to coronavirus precautionary measures will be required to apply.
- Musically Fed - LA-based nonprofit is donating food meant for events at STAPLES Center to the local Midnight Mission and Los Angeles Mission.
- Music Fund of Los Angeles - Established the Coronavirus Emergency Relief Fund for LA-based members of the American Federation of Musicians who have lost revenue due to work stoppages. Members may submit an application for up to two service sets lost, in the amount of $75 per service set, for a maximum total of $150.
Arts & Culture
The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has compiled a list of Art Resources During COVID-19. The list includes artist resources, educational resources for kids and teens, and online art experiences like the Hollyhock House Virtual Tour.
Renowned tattoo artist Dr. Woo announced on his IGTV channel that he is donating 100% of proceeds of his new WOO Soap - originally developed for daily skincare and tattoo recovery - to Baby2Baby, an LA-based nonprofit that provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and basic necessities.
The Getty Center donated thousands of gloves and hundreds of masks to their neighbors at UCLA Health: "We're so grateful to those laboring tirelessly to care for our community during the coronavirus outbreak. Thank you."
In a Facebook post, The Broad shared a photo of their donation to Good Samaritan Hospital: 158 boxes of nitrile gloves, 90 N95 masks and 200 pairs of booties. "Normally, these help us safely install art; today we offer them to help protect healthcare workers selflessly risking their safety to help others and save lives."
The Material World Foundation (@georgeharrisonofficial) is donating $500,000 to support the fight against Coronavirus, plus the Inner Light Challenge: sharing a verse, chorus, or line from the Beatles song, "The Inner Light," posted with the hashtag #innerlight2020 will help raise an additional $100,000 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fairey created a piece of art to further the cause.
Also, he is a guest curator for @amplifierart who is launching an emergency open call for artwork around the themes of Public Health & Safety or Mental Health & Well-being. Throughout the month of April, 30 artists will be selected to receive $1k awards, starting next week. You can submit and vote on artwork here: https://community.amplifier.org/campaign/global-open-call-for-art/.