Oct 13

Free Lunch Program in Glendale, CA

Food Programs in Glendale, CA.

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


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)

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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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
* All of the meals provided at North Hollywood Park occur at approximately the same location.
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.
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

Aug 07

Hope of the Valley

Here’s the Latest Information on Hope of the Valley

Van Nuys Help Center (6425 Tyrone Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406). This is our main facility that daily provides homeless services to our clients. Here, we provide daily hot meals from 12:15pm-1pm Monday through Friday and most Saturdays. Additionally, we have showers available for our clients from 9-11:45 every day. We also have case managers onsite, Department of Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, etc. This is a one-stop shop for our clients seeking assistance.
Thrift Stores. We still have the thrift store in Sun Valley (but this will be closing towards the end of the year). So, we have 3 stores:
Sun Valley (8165 San Fernando Rd. Sun Valley, CA 91352).
Granada Hills (18167 Chatsworth St. Granada Hills, CA 91344).
Santa Clarita (19379 Soledad Canyon Rd. Canyon Country, CA 91351).
Hope Care Center (New Recuperative Facility). This facility, located at 11134 Sepulveda Blvd. Mission Hills, CA 91345, is where all of our Administrative offices currently are. In the downstairs portion, however, we have a recuperative care facility that acts as a shelter for homeless patients being discharged from hospitals. This facility accepts no walk-ins, clients have to be transported by a hospital and admitted by our team here. We have a full skilled nursing staff here that help bring our clients back to full health, as well as a case management team that works to find them appropriate housing. They are fed three delicious and nutritious meals a day here by our executive chef, Geronimo. The recuperative facility contains a brand new commercial catering kitchen that is capable of making 3,000 meals a day! In addition to the recuperative care portion of the building, we have a Federally Qualified Health Clinic (not up and running quite yet), but will provide health care for the surrounding community.

Jan 11

Coconut Revolution – An Inspiring Documentary

How to Survive a Corporate Takeover of Your Land, an Invasion by a Vicious Military, an 8 Year Blockade of Your Island, No Food, No Medicine, No Electricity, and Still be Victorious

Watch the documentary below or click to go directly to youtube:

This revolution took place when huge mining company Rio Tinto opened a copper mine on the island of  Bougainville, part of Papua New Guinea.  The residents were pushed off their land, put into concentration camps, brutalized by security forces and deprived of any sort of basic human rights.  The corporation was later sued for war crimes and genocide in the United States, but the U.S. Supreme Court abandoned any sort of moral high ground that was left in America, and shredded the Alien Torts Act, under which indigenous people could seek justice from the criminal activities of multi-national corporations. The government then tried to starve out the residents by blockading the island for 8 years, depriving them of any food or medicine.  This documentary shows how the folks on the island fought back against overwhelming odds.


Mar 13

Burbank – North Hollywood Food Info Changes

Note These Changes To Your Food Sheets

Many Thanks to Ric for Sending These To Gypsy Cool

1) Time change: Beginning in August (2014) the meal provided on the 3rd Saturday at the Village Church (3216 W. Victory, Burbank) will move from 2 pm to 11 am. For the time being this is a permanent change.

2) Name change: Henceforth the church group that provides the meal on the last Sunday at the Amelia Earhart NOHO Park will be known as The Tapestry LA Church (i.e. no longer the New Life Community Church)

3) Besides some blankets, used clothing, a little bit of fruit, and bottled water brought to the NOHO park on Magnolia Street, on the final Sunday of each month, Angel Hanz always has a table with some pet supplies including food, collars, leashes and pet toys. Karen Hamza, who runs this organization, is only interested in providing these provision to the homeless for their pets. Karen often man’s this table herself, and generally doesn’t want to give out the pet
supplies unless she sees the pets with their owners at the park.

Mar 14

New Saturday Breakfast in Burbank

Burbank Church of Christ Offers Free Breakfast on Saturdays for Homeless/Food Challanged

Burbank Church of ChristThe Burbank Church of Christ now offers a free breakfast on Saturday morning between 8:30 and 10 am.  The location is 2030 W. Burbank Blvd. at Fairview (between Buena Vista and Hollywood Way).  These nice folks were doing this in the past but had to stop for some unknown reason.  Get up early and ‘git’ your bacon and eggs!

Feb 11

Sunday Food Options in NOHO

Church Folk Provide Sunday Lunch

Amelia Earhart Statue at NOHO by Sculptor Ernie Shelton

Amelia Earhart Statue
at NOHO by Sculptor
Ernie Shelton

Here’s some nice food options in NOHO for Sundays, as up to date as I have it.  I’m working on a combined Valley list that should be done shortly.  Any info on Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena area is helpful, please email us.

1st Sunday of each month – 4 pm.  Amelia Earhart NOHO Park. Food provided by a Simi Valley Church at picnic tables.

2nd Sunday of each month – around noon.  Amelia Earhart NOHO Park. Starbucks coffee and a really great lunch provided by the nice folks at First Christian Church of Studio City.  They also distro clothing, and often some musicians show up for entertainment.  If you go away hungry from here it’s your own fault.

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3rd Sunday of each month. About 12:30 pm. Baptist Church in NOHO near the park, at Fair and Otsego.

3rd Sunday of each month. Senior lunch at St. Finbar Catholic Church in Burbank, at Olive and Keystone.  I think this is around noon.

Last Sunday of each month, about 1:30.  Amelia Earhart NOHO Park. Usually food brought by good folks from New Life Community Church.

Also on Last Sunday, a group called Angel Hanz comes with clothing and other things for homeless people.

Thanks very much to Ric for the initial info on these, and to Tony and Joe for reminding me to check them out.  Anyone homeless, living in a vehicle, or having difficulty getting enough to eat should come to these events.  Pleasant atmosphere and nice folks.  It is sad to see so many nice folks on hard times, but nice that we can share a meal and give each other support.

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posted by Paulie.