Emergency Food Bank


Urban Partners Los Angeles’ “Groceries for our Neighbors” food distribution program provides essential weekly groceries to thousands of low-income, homeless, and senior Los Angeles community members. Volunteers make up a large part of the program, with a small number of staff members coming from the community we serve. This initiative has been a vital resource for those in need for over 25 years, and we are committed to continuing to support our community through it.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, our organization has distributed free groceries to more than 58,000 individuals and over 207,000 households in Los Angeles. Each week, approximately 35,000 people in our community struggle with food insecurity, and around 10,000 members may go without meals due to financial constraints. Our relief efforts aim to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry, especially vulnerable populations. We are dedicated to securing our food and funding reserves in order to respond effectively to emergencies and handle the ongoing 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.

Visit our food bank at the First Unitarian Church for assistance with groceries. We recommend bringing a cart when picking up food at our food bank to make it easier to transport your groceries home.

Food recipients must self-attest to meet the income guidelines established by the California Department of Social Services.

WHERE: 2936 W. 8th Street, Los Angeles

WHEN:  Saturdays, 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (some holidays excluded)


If you would like to join us on the frontlines and help fight hunger in our community, we welcome your assistance at our food bank. We operate on Saturdays from 6:30am to 9:30am, rain or shine, some holidays excluded.

If you have any questions about volunteering with Urban Partners Los Angeles, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Megan at upla.volunteers@gmail.com.

All ages are welcome, however, minors under 13 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

Volunteer with us: Food Bank Volunteer Form

As our organization grows, so does our need for various donations to support our operations, including gloves for volunteers and diapers for the community. If you would like to support us with a donation, please visit the link below to view our wish list and find out more about how you can make direct donations. Your generosity will help us to continue serving our community and making a positive impact.

UPLA Food Bank Donations Wish List

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have implemented additional safety and infection control measures at our Groceries for Our Neighbors food distribution program, which has 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 and have had to engage more than double the number of volunteers to pack grocery bags and maintain a safe distance between recipients.

This program was founded 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 this legacy by providing direct assistance to those in need and advocating for the health and well-being of our community.



We at Urban Partners Los Angeles would like to express our sincere gratitude to the donors and supporters of our food bank. Your generosity has made it possible for us to provide essential groceries to thousands of vulnerable residents in our community on a weekly basis. On behalf of the UPLA family and all of those who depend on us for food assistance, we thank you for supporting our critical lifeline program. Your support is truly appreciated and makes a significant difference in the lives of those 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
Forever 21
Hollywood Food Coalition
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
PayPal Giving Fund
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
United Way of Greater Los Angeles


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 Pandemic

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 pandemic food distribution by Jayrol San Jose:  https://adobe.ly/3cafrit




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