Finding Support in a Food Crisis
Mar 29, 2021 Victoria Pelham
"Some organizations have seen an increased volume of food distribution by upwards of 150%."
Lean on community resources
Erin says Cedars-Sinai and partner organizations are "aiming to strike a balance between addressing the immense need prompted by the pandemic, while exploring sustainable solutions to the systemic food access problems that have existed for years."
Consider food assistance
"The gratitude and smiles are shared both ways, because it provides a moment of positivity and better days to come."
Try to find nutritious options
If you live in a food desert, it might be tempting to turn to highly processed snacks available at nearby corner stores and fast-food restaurants. But that doesn't mean you have to indulge in junk food.
Focus on finding fruits, snacks and beverages with fewer additives and lower sodium and sugar levels.
The closure of restaurants has actually increased the ability of food pantries to serve more fresh fruits and vegetables: a COVID-19 "silver lining," Premere says.
Try to visit on produce delivery days if you can and seek out a balance of different kinds of food.
Churches and nonprofits like SEE-LA also provide targeted relief in harder-hit communities such as Koreatown, Crenshaw and Watts. Their programs include produce box deliveries and farmers markets that accept CalFresh benefits.
"The gratitude and smiles are shared both ways because it provides a moment of positivity and better days to come," Premere adds.