Despite the panic and chaos surrounding COVID-19, compassion initiatives prevailed in Los Angeles & Phoenix. Chiefly, the Staples Center as responsible civic partners understandably closed its doors in support of social distancing serving the community’s interest. Due to event cancelations, an abundance of food would otherwise go to waste. Luckily, the GRAMMY Awards served as a template for the partnership forged between Staples Center’s Lead Chef, Manny Slomovits, of Levy Restaurants, and Musically Fed resulting in 1,600 meals provided to those in need.
“Chef Manny, Musically Fed’s valued friend & partner, reached out to see about again mobilizing & distributing the venue’s no longer needed food,” commented Musically Fed’s CEO, Maria Brunner. “Mitch Katz, Jason Bernstein & I are so proud of what Manny & his crew pulled off; over 7,000 pounds (12 pallets) of food was sorted, packed and transported (in the rain) to Midnight Mission and the LA Rescue Mission by Chef Manny and his team. Their hard work and caring ensures approximately 22,000 meals will be served to those in need over the course of the next two weeks.”
COVID-19 presents both new challenges and opportunities. Social distancing and quarantine protocols understandably impact vulnerable members more acutely. Those looking to distribute excess food can contact Musically Fed for assistance with logistics in getting items to those in great need. Please contact Musically Fed at [email protected] or 480-951-1882.
To Donate to Musically Fed: www.musicallyfed.org Musically Fed is a nonprofit that works with artists, promoters, management, and venues nationwide to donate unused, backstage meals to community organizations comprised of at least 50% veterans and focus on feeding the homeless, hungry, and food insecure. We work to mobilize the music industry in the fight against hunger and identify opportunities, procure the resources, and coordinate all aspects of food handling, transport, and distribution. Our goal is to make it easy for promoters and performers to leave each city they visit with a lasting, positive impact.