To ensure participants at the Bassett Park Winter Shelter program receive nutritious meals, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, Dignity Health, Everytable, and Volunteers of America (VOA) established a partnership that will provide individuals at the shelter meals every Saturday and Sunday for the next 12 weeks. Weekend food service by Everytable will begin today and was funded by a generous donation by Dignity Health. Today, Supervisor Solis joined the shelter’s volunteers and VOA staff in the distribution of food and hygiene kits.

“The Winter Shelter program at Bassett Park has provided a sense of stability for many of our neighbors experiencing homelessness and I am glad we are able to enhance the program’s services with this partnership,” said Supervisor Solis. “We remain committed to the safety and well-being of our unhoused neighbors, now more than ever. I thank Dignity Health, Everytable, and Volunteers of America for their commitment to helping those in need. During these turbulent times, we must stand with our most vulnerable populations. No one will be left behind. That is why I am here helping with the distribution. Small gestures can go a long way. Today is about people coming together to do what’s right.”

The Bassett Park Winter Shelter program, located in the Supervisorial First District, is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is operated by Volunteers of America, a nonprofit organization. Participants are provided with daily meals and wraparound services.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic began, we were concerned about the lack of resources for our participants, so we are grateful for this partnership, which is very much needed and timely,” said Reggie Clark, program manager at Volunteers of America. “It will ensure that our program participants have the food security they deserve. Innovative partnerships like this go a long way in helping our participants feel seen and cared for.”

“This crisis highlights the need for us all—business, health care, local government, and community services—to come together to support people who are vulnerable or struggling,” said Ashley Brand, system director of community and homeless health for CommonSpirit Health and Dignity Health. “We’re grateful that we’ve been able to help connect Everytable with Volunteers of America to serve Bassett shelter residents in Supervisor Solis’ district.” 

The commitment to help individuals who are experiencing homelessness is what motivated these partners to come together.

“While most of Los Angeles is staying safer at home, we must remember those who have no home and no food to eat,” said Everytable founder and CEO, Sam Polk. “We believe access to healthy food is a human right and not a luxury and we’re honored to partner with Supervisor Solis, Dignity Healthy and United Way of Los Angeles to provide delicious and nutritious meals to our newly sheltered residents.”

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Contact: Rosa Maria Santana, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov