The First New Christian Missionary Baptist Church has set up a small grocery store from the food supply they get from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
"We've been doing this for about 30 years, and then when the pandemic hit, we usually do about 150 people. That jumped to about 300-400 people," said Tyrone Boyle who is one of the pastors from the church. Throughout the pandemic, the church went from having the mini store open once a week to twice a week and Boyle said the church typically feeds up to 500 people each day that it's open. Residents from South L.A. residents can shop at the mini grocery store for anything they need.
ABC7, Stater Bros. Market, Subaru, ESPN LA 710 AM, and the Southern California regional food banks have also partnered up for the 11th Annual Feed SoCal Food Drive throughout SoCal. Due to COVID-19, SoCal regional food banks increased their food distribution by more than 70% which reaches over 200,000 people each week. Kids can also receive free meals over the summer as part of the 2022 Summer Food Service Program. To learn more about Feed SoCal click here.