LA Rams, Pechanga Resort Casino, LA Regional Food Bank team up for holiday food drive

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023
LA Rams tackle issue of food insecurity in SoCal
For the fourth consecutive year, the L.A. Rams, Pechanga Resort Casino and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank teamed up to host a drive-thru food distribution to help those in need ahead of the holiday season.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (KABC) -- Just in time for the holidays, a major drive-thru food distribution served the greater L.A. community. Tuesday's event at SoFi Stadium saw a huge turnout, with some people lining up overnight.

This is the fourth consecutive year that the Los Angeles Rams, Pechanga Resort Casino and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank have teamed up to host a much needed drive-thru food distribution.

"I'm super excited. I have six kids, so this is amazing because right now everything's going up in price, but then there's no price up in everybody's income so it's hard for us to afford food," said Jolanda Granados.

Each household received around 60 pounds of food at the event, which is enough to feed a family of six for more than a week.

"We at Pechanga take our civic duty and our obligation to be good neighbors very seriously. After all, Southern California is our ancestral homeland and having partnered up here with the Los Angeles Rams has given us the opportunity to expand our scope," said Ken Perez, President of the Pechanga Development Corporation.

Hunger is a struggle many deal with in silence. Michael Flood, CEO of the L.A. Regional Food Bank, says this distribution offers every family a substantial food package.

"Frozen chicken, there's produce, there's some dairy, there's shelf stable items so it's about 60 pounds of food... the equivalent of about 50 meals for every family coming through," said Flood.

One in four residents may not know where their next meal will come from, but food distributions like this one go a long way for SoCal families.

"Today we're going to take care of 1,200 families," said Molly Higgins, who works with community impact and engagement for the L.A. Rams. "We did a lot of outreach to our nonprofit partners, schools, and the community, to let them know that we're here for them."