COVID-19 Emergency Food Bank

The Urban Partners Los Angeles’ “Groceries for our Neighbors” program which began in 1995, continues to provide essential weekly groceries to thousands of low-income, homeless and senior members in the community. Our program is primarily volunteer-based, with a few staff members who come from the neighborhood we serve.

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, we have distributed free groceries to more than 58,000 persons and over 207,000 households in Los Angeles. Over 35,000 people in our community deal with levels of food insecurity each week, and over 10,000 members may skip meals because they cannot afford to eat. Our relief efforts help ensure that community members do not go hungry, especially vulnerable populations. We continue working to secure our food and funding reserves in order to be responsive to emergencies and handle the pandemic and its aftermath as well as future crises.

We distribute, on average, over 30,000 pounds of food every Saturday. Our goal is to provide enough groceries for a family of four to sustain themselves for one week. Our ability to continue to operate is due in large part to the generous support of businesses and individual donors who believe in our mission to alleviate hunger for struggling Los Angeles families.

Each Saturday, our team of volunteers distribute free groceries to over 500 underprivileged community members in line, which helps feed hundreds of family members waiting at home. This massive increase in distribution was only made possible by an equally massive increase in community members who responded to an urgent call for assistance.

Join us on the frontlines and lend a hand to in our fight to alleviate hunger. Our food bank runs every Saturday, rain or shine, from 6:30am to 9:30am.  If you have questions, please email our volunteer coordinator Rick at:

Food Bank Volunteer Form

As our operations expands, so has our need for donations of all kinds, from gloves for the volunteers to diapers for the community. Please click the link below to see our donations wish list and information on how you can make direct donations.

UPLA Food Bank Donations Wish List

In response to COVID-19 we have significantly modified our distribution protocol to implement additional safety and infection control measures, all of which have significantly increased our operating costs. Since we no longer allow members of the public to enter the facility to collect groceries, we are more reliant on our staff than ever and have had to engage more than double the number of volunteers to pack grocery bags and maintain a 6ft distance between recipients.

Our Groceries for Our Neighbors food distribution program began during the 1992 L.A. riots when a group of community members came together to address food insecurity. When the system failed them, they took care of each other. We continue to provide direct assistance to those in need and to fight for the health and well-being of the community.


Urban Partners Los Angeles would like to thank the donors and supporters of our food bank. On behalf of the UPLA family and vulnerable residents who depend on us for groceries weekly, thank you for supporting our critical lifeline program to feed thousands of neighbors in need.

AETHER Apparel
American Beverage Association
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago
Blue Shield of California
California Community Foundation
California Fire Foundation
Chingoo Snack Mix
Congressman Jimmy Gomez
David and Natasha Fizdale
Diane Keaton
First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles
Food Forward
Labor Community Services
Life Guard
Los Angeles County Federation of Labor
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Mark Gonzalez – Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
Media Box Camera
Miguel Contreras Foundation
Mutual Aid Network Los Angeles
Nam Le – Political Director, UFCW Local 770
Pensieve Foods
Teamsters Local 396
The Diane Hall Living Trust
The Wonderful Company
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 770
UFCW Local 770 Icaza Foundation

Media Coverage and Content:
CNN: Trinity Tran, Executive Director of Urban Partners Los Angeles: Food bank lines are reminiscent of Great Depression era.

CNN: Interview at Urban Partners Los Angeles Food Bank

NBC News: Urban Partners LA is Feeding Neighbors During Pandemi

CBS 2 and KCAL 9 News: Free Groceries Giveaway Helps Families Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

Urban Partners LA Food Bank Short Film by Myrrh Raguro

Photo gallery from our 4/11/20 food distribution by Jayrol San Jose:

Photo gallery from our 8/1/20 food distribution by Zyra Raguro:
8/1 Food Bank Gallery Link

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