LOS ANGELES (March 18, 2020) – The LA Sparks front office announced a community initiative to help address food insecurity in the Los Angeles area in response to COVID-19. On March 16, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) closed and set up 60 Grab & Go Food Centers open from 7 a.m to 10 a.m. starting on March 18. The Sparks plan to assist with these efforts alongside LAUSD to help ensure students and families most vulnerable to food shortages have access to meals.
“We all have to come together at a time like this to contribute to the health and wellness of our community,” Sparks President and COO Danita Johnson said. “We felt it imperative to assist LAUSD’s efforts to make sure the most vulnerable kids and families are fed.”
In addition, the Sparks are delivering groceries to the East Los Angeles Women’s Shelter and the Watts Labor Community Action Center, as well as other community members in need.
The Sparks will also work with the Department of Public Health, a team partner, to raise awareness about best practices to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Such measures include public campaigns on social distancing.
“As an organization, it’s all hands on deck,” Johnson said. “Our top priority is always health and safety and we will continue to find ways to work with our partners and local organizations to do what’s necessary during this period.”