Nov 09

Free Dinner in Hollywood

Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition

Salvation Army

 

Dinner is Served Monday –  Friday

at 6:30 -7:30pm at 5941 Hollywood Blvd.  This is a nice indoor facility, a sit down dinner.

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Saturday and Sunday

Dinner served on the corner of Sycamore & Romaine, 6:30-7:30

1 Block South of Santa Monica Blvd and 1 Block East of La Brea

Instructions

Get in the line that forms.  It gets dark early so bring a flashlight.  There are no tables or chairs allowed, per the City of Los Angeles, who always has plenty of cops around to watch your every move.  You will have to sit on a curb or sidewalk to eat.  Clean up after yourself and pick up your trash.  Bring some wet wipes with you in your back pack.  If you ride your bike, watch it closely.  You can park on La Brea I think after 7pm,  but watch all the parking signs, many of the side streets have no parking after 6pm without a permit.

 

 

 

Nov 09

Remembering New York’s Hero Squatter, Creator of the Garden of Eden, Adam Purple

Adam Purple Created Magnificent Garden in the Rubble of a Decayed City.  Despite a Court Order, NY Tore it Up for Greedy Developers.  It  was Providing Free Food for Thousands

Adam Purple’s Garden of Eden

In the crazy history of New York City, this story is one that stands out:  it proves that politicians have no class and are only interested in their own greed.  It started in 1975, with Adam and his wife Eve were living in a run down Lower East Side apartment.  Purple was the Superintendent of the old buildinng he was in, and the owner soon disappeared, leaving Adam and others as “squatters”.  Purple saw that a space had been created behind his building when another building was demolished, and he decided to create a garden to grow food for the neighborhood.

Adam Purple

Purple planted the garden as concentric circles, with a yin/yang in the center.  This configuration allowed the garden to grow as more buildings were razed in a frenzy of so-called Urban Renewal.  The garden grew and grew, with over 40 trees and many kinds of vegatables.  It soon became famous as thousands of folks visited the garden, many getting much needed food.

From Wikipedia:  The process of clearing the lot took some time since the couple would only use hand tools. Modern machinery was considered “counter-revolutionary.” He would haul manure from the horse-drawn carriages around Central Park and created a highly fertile topsoil. The garden was ready to be planted in the spring of 1975. The garden was designed around concentric circles with a yin-yang symbol in the center. As buildings were torn down on either side, Purple would add new rings to the garden, allowing it to grow.[4] By the end, it was 15,000 square feet featuring a wide range of produce, including corn, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, black raspberries, strawberries, and 45 trees including eight black walnuts. He regularly bicycled to Central Park to collect horse manure to use as fertilizer.

For about 10 years the garden was a tourist spot and also attracted volunteers to help grow food for poor folks,  The City had other ideas, however, and wanted the land for development.  They refused to include the garden in their plans, and on January 6, 1985 tore it down.

Things have actually gotten worse since then.  Although there has been a huge increase in the homeless population, the various States, Counties, and Cities across the land have tried to criminalize folks for being homeless.  We have seen the brutality of this all around us.  A barber in Ohio arrested for giving haircuts to homeless folks for free in a park, Food Banks and church groups being threatened with arrest for feeding the poor, the gestapo-like raids in San Diego recently, called “Encampment Sweeps”, where police seal off the streets where homeless folks are sleeping and then bring in garbage trucks and take all the belongings, tents, food and bicycles from the poor souls and throw them into the waiting refuse trucks to be hauled to the dump.  They take the backpacks and personal items containing ID and medications, anything they can get their hands on, to throw away.  We’ve seen this before in old film footage from the 1930s and 1940s of the Nazi Stormtroopers descending on Jewish areas in Germany.  I guess San Diego is a time-traveled sister city to the Berlin, or Warsaw of the last century. Maybe the final solution will be coming for the homeless, just like the Jews, forced Labor Camps and then extermination.  Don’t think it can’t happen.  In Columbia, as reported here earlier, homeless were rounded up and sent out of town into a concentration camp to live, with police guarding the road so they couldn’t sneak back into town.  We are only a few steps away from the activities in the Third Reich.

Purple died on September 14, 2015, from a heart attack, aged 84, while bicycling across the Williamsburg Bridge.  His Garden of Eden had died some thirty years before. But he showed us that big things can be accomplished, a little at time.  Getting land in or near big cities is not easy these days, so we have to look for alternative situations.

There’s a lot of really great stuff about Adam Purple, a world-travelling philosopher, trying to stop nuclear war, seeking truth, trying to get his book published, and starting the Garden of Eden in New York.  Check out the links and video about him:

Check out this wonderful story, Adam Purple and his Guerilla Garden of Eden by Derick Dirmaier at the website Narritive.ly

Wonderful illustration of Adam Purple by artist Sam von Mayrhauser on the same website.

Adam Purple by Sam von Mayrhauser

 

Jul 02

Homeless Crises Hits California Students Hard

Adding to the Student Loan Crises are Savage New Figures on Student Homeless and Students Facing Hunger and Food Shortages.

by Uncle Paulie

 

The above chart, for the year 2013 (at least 4 years ago) shows the number of homeless kids in Public Schools state wide.  This would include presumably all grades up through 12.  The total of 64,218 would be at least a few percentage points higher today if current trends are applied.

The situation with the California State University system is not much better.  Their current report says that out of 470,000 students in the system, around 12% are in “unstable housing”, the politically correct term that is generally thought of as “homeless”. So by their own very rough count, 56,400 students in the system are homeless.

Even more shocking, if possible, is that about 112,800 students suffer from “food insecurity”, meaning in plain English that they are not getting enough to eat and some are actually starving at times.

What Needs To Be Done

Waiting for some future minor student housing is out of the question.  Action needs to be taken now.

Student Housing

  1.  Let students at CSU park and sleep in their vehicles overnight in the parking lots.
  2.  Remove “no parking at night” signs from the surrounding area.
  3.  Look into buying used RVs, vans and Motor-homes to use as temporary student housing.
  4.  Offer courses for credit for students to creatively “fix up” and make the vehicles look cool and  artistic.
  5.  Beef up shower and bathroom facilities.  Keep these open late at night.
  6.  Increase security on campus to protect kids sleeping in their vehicles at night.
  7.  If on campus parking is not enough then off-campus parking lots should be considered.  There’s  plenty of office buildings with empty parking spaces at night.
  8. . If not enough bathing and shower facilities are available then coupons or “chits” should be .issued to students to use local health club facilities.

Food

  1.  This is a very serious problem.  A long term solution is that the CSU system is going to have to  get into the food production business.  Property has to be acquired and students can volunteer  for credit to plant food gardens.  The schools should be able to grow a large part of their own  food needs. Fruit trees should be planted all over the campus areas.
  2.  Short term students and faculty need to form “Food Drives” to collect food from anywhere you  can, markets, bins placed in Starbucks and Post Offices and of course setting up outside the big  markets and have a canned food drive.
  3.  Farmer’s markets can be contacted to supply excess food from the day’s sales.
  4.  Some public schools are already putting in gardens to grow food as a credit.  This should be  expanded until the system can be self-sufficient.
  5.  Local residents should be encouraged to plant, with student help, gardens in their front yards.  Tax credits can be given to the residents who cooperate.  It might be possible to draw a 2 mile  circle around each school and give the tax credits in that special district to residents who enlist in  the program.
  6.  Many other ideas will come forth to give the schools housing and food security.  The next step  will be to cancel all student debt, jail crooked loan companies, and lower the costs of college for  all.

 

Jan 30

For Seniors Some Great Programs

Seniors in Los Angeles Area Have Access to Great Programs

Here’s a few great programs for seniors in the L.A. area.  Similar programs may be available Statewide.

Burbank TC #61.  TRANSPORTATION  Check out Metro, which operates the buses and trains, including the subway system.  If you want to get around the area without driving your car or RV, you can apply online for a senior tap card.  You can do this online.  www.metro.net.  A senior tap card will get you rides for 75 cents Peak hours, and only 35 cents Off Peak.  This includes a free transfer to another bus or train within 2 hours, meaning you can scoot a long way around the city for 35 cents Off Peak.  There are many other programs for seniors, special passes, etc., including some available at senior centers in cities other than Los Angeles.  Santa Monica, for example, has a fantastic bus system, The Big Blue Bus.

SCAN2.  HEALTH If you are on Medicare and need a supplemental plan, try SCAN.  It’s free.  Along with it you get a free Silver Sneaker Fitness card.  This is good at thousands of gyms across the country, including exercise equipment, pool, steam/sauna (when available).  You can go to many different gyms, so that means that you will have access to showers as well as fitness.  One of the problems living stealth in a vehicle or living in an RV is shower and clean-up.  Although there are shower programs in some cities and facilities, this is a great solution for seniors.

Free Thanksgiving dinner at a Presbyterian Church

Free Thanksgiving dinner at a Presbyterian Church

3. FOOD  When you are living in a vehicle or RV, food becomes an issue.  RVs usually have good cooking facilities, but if you are in a car or van it is a little harder.  Small camp type stoves are good, but you need to be in a sheltered area to use it, away from prying eyes of residents who will call the cops if they see anyone using a cook stove on the street.  Some people go to a park where there are camping or BBQ pits.  The big parks in L.A. like Griffith Park have campsites where you can cook dinner.

Another way to go is to eat hot meals for free at Churches and other Food Coalition sites, like those we frequently post on this website.  Please note that there are hundreds of free hot meals served in So. California every day.  Check around the area you are staying in, the local city, the local churches, and look for food banks.  The County, through Senior Centers, have hot lunch programs for a couple of bucks. These are decent meals, and are served around the County at designated park buildings and Senior Centers.  The Senior Centers in some cities are really great, with free computers to use, free wi-fi, exercise programs, libraries, good bathrooms, etc.  They have all kinds of free or cheap programs so check them out.

Even if you are living in a vehicle, a senior can have a great time in Southern California.  Although many of us do not have large Social Security checks, if you don’t have to pay rent or utilities then you can have enough money to get by on using the strategies like those listed above.

Send any information you get or comments to unclepaulie@rocketmail.com

 

 

Jan 27

Hollywood Food For The Hungry – New Location

Weekdays Dinner is Served at 5pm

5941 Hollywood Blvd. Photos by Uncle Paulie

5941 Hollywood Blvd. Photos by Uncle Paulie


IMG_5423Dinner is served here, 5941 Hollywood Blvd., Walk in the driveway and kitchen is just to the right. At this time it is served Monday through Friday only.  Saturday and Sunday is still back at the corner of Sycamore and Romaine (The Line) at 5pm.

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The new location for the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition is inside the Salvation Army Weingart Center.  Tables and chairs, restroom to wash up.  Please thank the wonderful staff and volunteers of the Coalition for all their great work.

Oct 13

Free Lunch Program in Glendale, CA

Food Programs in Glendale, CA.

Sunday Lunch Program
Every Sunday 1:00 p.m.

2016

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church

These Sundays in October
2, 9, 23, 30
Holy Family Catholic Church
220 East Elk Street, Glendale

also October 16th
First United Methodist Church
134 N. Kenwood St., Glendale

These Sundays in November:
6, 13, 20, 27
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
1020 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

These Sundays in December:
4, 11, 18, 25
Salem Lutheran Church
1211 N. Brand Blvd., Glendale

Thanks to Craig and Annie for the information.  If you have information on food meet ups or free lunches, please drop us a line.  Thanks.  Paulie

 

Sep 13

North Hollywood Free Food Update

Food For Homeless in NOHO

by  Mr. Food Dude (anon)

Apt 042

The breakfast that was held each Saturday morning at St. David’s church hasn’t been going on for quite sometime.  The property was sold to the neighboring Oakwood School.  They have been buying up a good deal of property in the area.
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On the final Sunday of the month Angel Hanz still provides some pet care products, water, toiletries, and various services such as haircuts, vet examinations and pet grooming from volunteer providers.  But wha is available will vary from week to week.  There is also a group that dispenses some warm food such as pasta and also ice cream.  Angel Hanz usually gets underway at about 1pm.
Another small group shows up between 2 and 2:30 pm.  They used to be affiliated with a number of churches in LA such as New Life, and Tapistry, but now just one family is providing the meal and they are no longer affiliated with either of those churches.
The meal is always the samefried chicken pieces, white rice and plain beans.  They no longer bring desserts, but they do have some soft drinks.  They used to be able to bring more when they were backed by their church.
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The Hope of the Valley Mission has relocated from Sun Valley to a church at Tyrone and Victory in Van Nuys.  I don’t know if they have any meals on the week ends anymore but they do provide lunches during the week.  They also have a number of other services but the best thing to do to find out about them would be to contact them at their new locatoin, which they are sharing with the church. I don’t remember the church’s name or have their phone number. (Editor’s note:  See our updated info on Hope of the Valley on this website)
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The 1st Baptist Church of North Hollywood has discontinued providing a meal on the 3rd Sunday of the month, but I believe that they still provide a Tuesday morning breakfast at 10:30am.  They use to have a mobile shower truck show up there, but it can now probably be found at St. Matthew’s Church on Camerillo Street (just west of Lankershim).  On Wednesdays about about 11 or 11:30 am the church provides a meal and bag lunches to go.  I don’t know what time the shower truck is there, but it is probably on Wednesday as well.
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I may have previously mentioned the “Soup Lady” (Linda) who has been bringing food to *North Hollywood Park on Magnolia, west of Tujunga between and the over pass of the 170 freeway.
She arrives between 10:30am and 11am.  Linda is a very loving women who has been doing this for a while.
The variety and amount of food can vary from week to week, as can the number of volunteers and attendees.
Linda generally makes something that she brings, and often it is soup.  Vegetables, healthy.
Sometimes there are hard boiled eggs, often over-cooked.
Most of the other food is anything but healthy.  There are a lot of packaged sweets, and some bread, donated by super markets.
Sometimes a lot of volunteers show up and at other times few.
Unfortunately, the best or “proper” food handling practices aren’t observed.  None of the people handing and distributing food are wearing plastic gloves.  At times some of the food is handed out by young children. One volunteer who has attended often, will clean fingers that have gotten food on them in her mouth and then continue handing food.
It is terrific that these people come and donate their time and efforts, to help economically disadvantaged people, but they really should have to have some training in food handling and be supervised. Most of the common ailments going around are spread by hands.
Food handling practices often leave a lot to be desired when it comes to free meal distribution, but this particular meal, seems to me to be the worst offender.  There are too many people touching and handing out the food.  They unload cars and put things in carts and then on the tables.  Linda does have some sanitary wipes, but I don’t think that all of the people handling food are using them or using them appropriately.  I don’t think that it is a good idea for kids to be handling the food that are going to be distributed.
The other available Saturday meals that take place in Burbank weekly, at a rotation of churches in more sanitary controlled environments.
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I mentioned that the 1st Baptist Church of North Hollywood on Fair and Otsego have discontinued their Sunday meal that was held on the 3rd Sunday of the month.  However they are still providing a meal on Tuesday mornings for those who arrive at 10:30am.  It is generally a good meal and most is home made and donated by the participating church members.
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On Tuesday’s at about 5:30pm a group of people bring food to North Hollywood Park. About half of the food is homemade.  This meal happens quite quickly, and they are packed up and gone in 30 to 40 minutes  
There is no lighting there, so I don’t know what is going to happen when we go back on standard time. Most of the providers have jobs and so getting there earlier probably isn’t likely.  I will let you know when I know.  This group started bringing food in July of 2015.
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* All of the meals provided at North Hollywood Park occur at approximately the same location.
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The pantry at the First Christian Church of North Hollywood, which is held on Monday and Friday mornings lost the person who used to bring food from a Trader Joe’s, which is somewhere in the middle of the Valley.  They still give out the usual bag of packaged and canned food, but it just isn’t as good as what was coming from Trader Joe’s.  It would be great if there was another person who could get food from TJ’s and bring it to the church parking lot on Monday and/or Friday mornings.  The church is on the south east corner of Colfax and Moorpork in Valley Village.  The church donates the space but I believe that the pantry is actually under the auspices of a synagogue on Riverside in Studio City.
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The is a new entry from me: ↓
Free Taco Tuesdays
Check out the links below for more information:
As of Aug. 2016 the plan for Free Taco Tuesdays will to be held on alternate Tuesdays (2nd & 4th) at 5221 Cleon Street in North Hollywood from 4pm to 9pm (at least until “standard time’ starts again) (818) 626-7000.
However this meal has moved around a lot, so check their Facebook page before going.
The meal is just little tacos and up to four can be requested at a time.  Gaining popularity guests take a number and wait until it is called.  with only one cook it can take a while. Bottle water is provided and canned soft drinks are available for $1.
Vida-Life Ministries supports this effort and Jessica “Jesse” Alvarez is the women behind the Taco Tuesday as well as her “best friend” Chris (Chriztopher Garza) does the cooking.
They lost their place to live in the beginning of Dec. of 2015, and have been homeless ever since.  Living in a Dodge Charger and a donated RV which stores all of the equipment that is used in preparing and distributing free Tuesday tacos.
The event has been growing and hopefully it will remain on Cleon Street, but it is best to check the links for changes. The latest info from their Facebook page is every Tuesday on Cleon Street.
Even though they were homeless, Jesse and Chris started Taco Tuesday in March of 2016.
Recently tables and chairs were donated to accommodate the turnout.
https://www.google.com/#q=taco+tuesday+for+the+homeless –
https://www.facebook.com/TacoTuesday4Homeless –
@tacotuesday4homeless –
Aug 22

New Home For Hollywood Food Coalition

This Fall the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition Will Be Moving the Food Distribution to the Salvation Army !  Finally, Indoor Seating, Bathrooms, Dignity!

Salvation Army logoGreat News!  Sometime in late October or early November, the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition will be moving it’s operation to the Salvation Army building in Hollywood at 5939 Hollywood Blvd., near Bronson.  The Salvation Army has generously given the GWHFC the use of their kitchen and dining room.  Hooray!  Homeless folks and others who depend on the nightly hot meal can now have a place to sit down at a table in a clean environment and enjoy a nice meal and chat with friends, just like the rest of humanity.  The GWHFC will be in charge, thanks to the great folks at the Salvation Army Hollywood.

“The Line” at Sycamore and Romaine served a purpose for years, as it was the only place to serve food.  But it had its drawbacks: no seating, no tables, no bathrooms.  Just a dirty sidewalk to sit on.  It will be so nice to be indoors, out of the rain in the winter, in a place where you can wash up in a bathroom, and be treated like a human being.  So three cheers for the Salvation Army for inviting the Food Coalition to use their facility with no strings attached!  And three cheers for Sheri and the great folks at the GWHFC who work so hard every day of the week to provide food for the needy, seniors, homeless, and others!  This is a well-deserved move and one that will benefit all parties concerned.

uncle paulie