LOS ANGELES, CA — The Prime Site Award-winning Los Angeles Convention Center and Levy Restaurants teamed up last week with Musically Fed, donating and distributing 4,000 pounds of food to Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. The food surplus, resulting from event cancellations, benefited students in grades 6-12 and their families. School closures caused by COVID-19 left many Alliance families ill-prepared due to both the depletion of available food and their dependence on the schools for daily sustenance.
“We are thrilled to share the success of this initiative,” said Ellen Schwartz, General Manager, Los Angeles Convention Center. “As a facility committed to sustainability and community service, Musically Fed was a perfect partner to further our goals to reduce our environmental footprint while serving those in need.”
“It was amazing to see how quickly everyone moved for a common good,” commented Jonathan Tiongco, Founding Principal for the Alliance Marine – Innovation & Technology 6-12 Complex, which is part of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. “After a few texts, everyone sent out eblasts and posted to our Facebook parenting boards; two hours later, hundreds of families showed up with tears of joy in their eyes.”
“Schools and at-risk populations have been all the more acutely impacted by this pandemic,” commented Musically Fed’s CEO, Maria Brunner. “Our amazing partnership with Levy Restaurants and the Los Angeles Convention Center provides a beacon of light from civic-minded organizations, leveraging their resources and compassion to positively impact so many families during this otherwise dark time.”
“At Levy, we are continuously looking for new ways to help and give back to the community whenever we can,” said Patrick Smart, General Manager, Taste of LA by Levy, LACC. “Working with Musically Fed during GRAMMYS was such a great experience, we knew they would be the best group to call when we were looking to repurpose food, and ensure our community was benefiting from our donation.”
Those looking to distribute excess food can contact Musically Fed for assistance with logistics in getting items to those in great need. Email [email protected] or call (480) 951-1882. To donate to Musically Fed, visit www.musicallyfed.org.