Food on Foot "www.foodonfoot.org" is a Los Angeles non-profit founded in 1995 and distributes food and clothes to the poor and homeless in Hollywood. A unique trash clean up program called Work for Food allows the homeless to earn food and then are given job opportunities that enable them to become self-sufficient and off all government assistance within three months.
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Work For Food
Realizing that it would take a greater commitment to address the needs of the homeless, Food on Foot was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1996 and began serving meals each Sunday in Hollywood. Through word of mouth, Food on Foot rapidly gained volunteers and financial support. As a result, we are proud not to have missed a weekly meal service since our founding.
While the meal program was well received among our hungry clients, we also wondered if there was more we could do to increase food security in the area. 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 food gift cards and a chicken dinner with healthy snacks.
Today our Work for Food program helps approximately 25 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, 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. Please consider getting involved in this unique and personal response to hunger in Los Angeles. You too can make a difference.
Along with the meals we provide, we also distribute gently used everyday clothing (children to adult sizes), warm jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, backpacks, etc. We are also in need of clothing appropriate for jobs and job interviews such as suits, dress shirts, ties, dress slacks, dresses, etc.
All donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off any Sunday between 10:30am – 2:30pm at the serving site: 1625 N. Schrader Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028.