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As Food Insecurity Reaches Unprecedented Levels, L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Centers Distribute Food to Community Members

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Friday, February 19, 2021

Note: All food distribution events will be held outdoors and all staff will follow the recommended safety guidelines, including wearing masks and gloves, maintaining social distancing, and getting temperature scans.  

LOS ANGELES – Through their jointly-operated Community Resource Centers, L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan are rolling out a series of drive-thru and walk-up food pantry events across Los Angeles County in response to the growing food insecurity burdening nearly every community. The food distribution events, which will start February 20, 2021 and run throughout the year, are free and open to everyone. All safety guidelines recommended by public health officials will be followed.    

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank reports an estimated 1 in 4 people in Los Angeles County lives with food insecurity – the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the hunger problem that already existed. Before the pandemic, 1 in 5 people struggled with access to food.

“Over the past year, the pandemic’s economic fallout has not only aggravated low-income communities, but it has impacted new segments of the population who find themselves going to a food pantry for the first time ever,” said John Baackes, L.A. Care CEO. “As we start a slow recovery from COVID-19, we will do everything we can to help our fellow neighbors get back on their feet, including help with putting food on the table.”

To maximize their food insecurity efforts, the Community Resource Centers will sponsor community based organizations that are already holding pop-up food pantries, and will also host their own drive-thru food distribution events in the neighborhoods they serve.   

“We have been reaching out to our members around the community resource centers and addressing food insecurity was a main issue expressed,” said Kristen Cerf, President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. “Our social services teams have been working with our community partners to ensure members are connected with local resources. We also want to make sure that we bring additional resources in the community to meet the growing needs.”

The L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Centers offer a range of virtual free classes and services that aim to improve health outcomes, which includes addressing social needs.   

To learn more about the Community Resource Centers, visit activehealthyinformed.org.

The following is a list of food distribution events hosted or sponsored by L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise. This list will be updated regularly.

Saturday, February 20
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Vista San Gabriel Elementary School
18020 E Ave O, Palmdale

Saturday, February 20
9:00 am - 11:00 am
MEND Poverty
10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima

Monday, February 22
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Gonzalez Park
1101 W. Cressey St., Compton

Thursday, February 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crenshaw Family YMCA
3820 Santa Rosalia Dr., Los Angeles

Friday, February 26
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Antelope Valley Partner for Health
44226 10th St. W., Lancaster

Saturday, February 27
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Twin Lakes Community Church
17213 Lake Los Angeles Ave., Palmdale

Friday, March 12
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Antelope Valley Partner for Health
44226 10th St. W., Lancaster

Saturday, March 13
9:30 am - 10:30 am
East Side Union School District
44938 30th E, Lancaster

Saturday, March 20
9:00 am - 11:00 am
MEND Poverty
10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima

Saturday, March 20
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Resource Center in Pomona
696 Holt Ave., Pomona

Thursday, March 25
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crenshaw Family YMCA
3820 Santa Rosalia Dr., Los Angeles

Thursday, April 15
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crenshaw Family YMCA
3820 Santa Rosalia Dr., Los Angeles

Friday, April 16
9:00 am - 11:00 am
MEND Poverty
10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima

Saturday, May 1
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Downey First Christian Church
10909 New St., Downey

Saturday, May 15
9:00 am - 11:00 am
MEND Poverty
10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima

Saturday, May 15
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Community Resource Center in Pomona
696 Holt Ave., Pomona

Saturday, May 22
8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Downey First Christian Church
10909 New St., Downey

Saturday, June 19
9:00 am - 11:00 am
MEND Poverty
10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima

Friday, July 16
9:00 am - 11:00 am
MEND Poverty
10641 N. San Fernando Rd., Pacoima

 

 

About Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan

Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan is a managed care organization, wholly owned by Blue Shield of California, offering Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect. It is led by healthcare professionals with a “members-first” philosophy and committed to building a quality network of providers and partnering with community organizations for more than 400,000 members. For more information about Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, please visit www.blueshieldca.com/promise. For more news about Blue Shield of California, please visit www.news.blueshieldca.com. Or follow us on LinkedInTwitter, or Facebook.

 

About L.A. Care Health Plan

L.A. Care Health Plan serves more than 2.3 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

 

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