Free meals, groceries, diapers and hand sanitizers were provided to nearly 400 South L.A. vulnerable and foster families with young children at last month’s Operation Love: Care Packages For Families events coordinated by Faith Foster Families Network (3FN) in South Los Angeles, Inglewood and Compton.
“Although African-Americans comprise about seven percent of the population in Los Angeles County, Black youth represent 25 percent of those in foster care here,” said Nancy Harris, executive director of 3FN. “That’s why our South L.A. churches felt it crucial to come together to provide tangible resources and services for those in our community affected by the child welfare system.”
The families who received care packages were invited by 3FN and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). For each event, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank provided families with 36 pounds of grocery bags, and the Good+Foundation gave away boxes of diapers. Kilroy Realty purchased to-go meals from Sweetgreen and The Waffle, which are closed due to the extended Safer at Home order.
Fueling The Fearless, a national nonprofit that helps struggling restaurants stay afloat while providing nourishment for healthcare heroes and essential workers as well as families in need, gave away special surprises for event volunteers and children who have birthdays in late May. Additionally, RPP Products, an automotive chemicals and lubricants company, donated several boxes of hand sanitizers to the families.
Also on hand at the events were DCFS staff to help families access benefits and offer their expertise in child welfare and child protection.
“Today’s gathering is a visual example of hope in action and the generosity of community partners who care deeply about the well-being of children and families,” said DCFS Chief Deputy Director Ginger Pryor during the Operation Love event hosted by Holman United Methodist Church. “After many weeks of being homebound, perhaps struggling emotionally and economically, this is a welcome and meaningful outpouring of kindness and support for Los Angeles County families.”
Faith Foster Families Network is a collaborative of six faith-based organizations and churches.