Free Food Collective
We recover perfectly good food that's destined for landfills and deliver it to unhoused folks living in West LA instead. Email [email protected] to get involved.
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Mutual Aid LA
Denise and John
Welcome to Free Food Collective.
Volunteers pick up extra produce from local farmers markets, and then we sort them into grocery bags for our neighbors. Transportation is a huge hurdle for unhoused folks, so we deliver the grocery bags directly to their encampments. We give fruit to folks who do not have access to cookware and vegetables for those that cook. We currently serve approximately 15 different encampments of various sizes all throughout West LA.
Volunteers pick up excess prepared food from local events. We recover, reheat, and repackage the prepared food into individual meals for unhoused folks in West LA.
At-Home Meals Team:
Volunteers are delivered ingredients to make approximately 20 bagged lunches from the comfort of their own home. Ingredients are a mix of recovered food, supplemented by food items we may need to purchase to make the meals complete.
How we plan to use our funds.
We plan to expand our efforts to recover more food, in particular prepared food. To do this, we will need access to cold storage, a repackaging kitchen, and to-go supplies.
2. Purchasing survival supplies.
Hot plates, crock pots, shelf-stable food, cooking supplies, tents, sleeping bags, clothing, hygiene kits, harm reduction supplies, etc. We prefer gently used second hand items for household items and clothing. Please email us to donate yours.
3. Maintaining our current work and supporting our volunteers.
We currently are able to self-sustain on very little to no money, using all donated materials. However, with the rising cost of gas, we would like to support our volunteers by reimbursing them for the gas they use when picking up and delivering produce.
4. Supporting our partner organizations, LA Neighbors for Neighbors and Palms Unhoused Mutual Aid.
We provide groceries and food for LA Neighbors for Neighbors, an organization that puts on a monthly resource center for unhoused folks living in West LA. We support Palms Unhoused Mutual Aid, an organization that supports our unhoused community through weekly harm reduction efforts and thoughtful outreach at encampments in West LA.
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