BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR DISTRIBUTING THEIR 1 MILLIONTH MEAL SINCE THE INAUGURATION


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Media Advisory

May 18, 2021


BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF LOS ANGELES HARBOR DISTRIBUTING THEIR 1 MILLIONTH MEAL SINCE THE INAUGURATION OF THE WEEKEND WELLNESS PROGRAM


Since July 2020, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor (BGCLAH) has provided meals every Friday to families across the LA Harbor Area. This Friday (May 21, 2021), the BGCLAH will be distributing their one millionth meal!


WHAT: Last July, the BGCLAH committed to fighting food insecurity with the Weekend Wellness program and sustaining it through June 2021. This Friday, the BGCLAH will distribute their one millionth meal in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help families facing food insecurity and financial difficulties. What started as a grassroots operation serving 250 families from two club sites has increased by 300%, serving over 1,200 families in need each Friday out of four different club sites.

The BGCLAH celebrates the distribution of their one millionth Weekend

Wellness meal. There will be a short program with the distribution of the

millionth meal, followed by the regular scheduled Friday Weekend Wellness

Meal Distributions!


WHO: The BGCLAH aims to combat food insecurity in the Los Angeles Harbor since

July 2020. Weekend Wellness is made possible with the support of critical

partners, such as local businesses such as No Kid Hungry, Phillips 66,

Raytheon Technologies, LA Food Bank, AltaSea, Valero Energy, and Juanita’s

Foods.


LA County Supervisor, Janice Hahn will be the Keynote Speaker and will help to distribute the one-millionth meal.


WHEN: Friday, May 21, 2021, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm PT

Remarks (Speaker: LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn)- 3:10- 3:30pm

Distribution of 1 millionth meal- 3:30pm

Weekend Wellness Food Distribution to Wilmington Families- 3:30pm - 5:30pm


WHERE: Boys & Girls Clubs of LA Harbor – Wilmington Site

1444 West Q Street | Wilmington, CA 90744

*note: there are three additional Club locations distributing food, but this

site will host a ceremony and remarks.


VISUALS:

• Visuals of masked up volunteers and staff – some in branded t-shirts or hats

• putting grocery boxes in car trunks

• Families lining up to receive food boxes

• Grocery boxes with Weekend Wellness labels

• Refrigerated container and pop-up tents chock-full of food boxes for distribution

• LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s Keynote Speech

• Distribution of the ceremonial one millionth meal

• Boys & Girls Clubs of LA Harbor CEO and staff, along with volunteers


MEDIA RSVP: Christina Choy, christinac@bgclaharbor.org, 310-621-9895


WHY: The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect disadvantaged communities and

families in the Los Angeles Harbor. As the pandemic continues to impact

families with limited income– the Boys & Girls Clubs of Los Angeles Harbor aims

to reduce food insecurity in the community.


“In just under a year, this organization has worked non-stop to grow the Weekend Wellness Food Distribution Program from a small “Grab-n-Go” program to, now, a primary source of food for struggling families in the Harbor areas,” said Lansing. “When I first imagined this project, I knew there were no other services providing free food from Friday evening to Sunday evening, since most schools, foodbanks and pantries are closed on the weekends. I created Weekend Wellness to fill that gap… ensuring that all families have enough food to keep them full throughout the weekend, and then some. It’s an honor to serve one million meals, but more so, to aid hard-working families that need this assistance.”, Mike Lansing, BGCLAH, CEO

A year ago, the BGCLAH committed to continuing this meal distribution through

the end of the fiscal year (June 2021) – reaching its commitment to distributing 1

million meals.


ABOUT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF THE LOS ANGELES HARBOR:

True to its mission since 1937, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor

help young people, especially those most in need, reach their full potential as

productive, caring, and responsible citizens. More information can be found at

www.bgclaharbor.org.

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