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Wilshire Rotary Food Collection This Weekend on Larchmont Blvd

Members of the Wilshire Rotary are collecting food items for the St. James Food Pantry today until 2 pm at the Christmas Tree Lot on N. Larchmont Blvd. They’ll be back again tomorrow and next weekend.

Members of the Wilshire Rotary  are at the Christmas Tree lot on North Larchmont Blvd. ,today collecting staple food items to help our local food pantries. Volunteers are there today until 2 pm and will be back tomorrow (Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. gathering donations and sorting food items into boxes that will be delivered to St. James Food Pantry.

“The response has been pretty good,” Wilshire Rotary President Ron Reyes told us this morning. He said several Buzz readers were there with donations, so thank you to our readers! Reyes also said several people who live in the apartments on N. Larchmont were posting signs to help spread the word. A small donation from each of us goes a long way to helping people who are suddenly without food during this pandemic.

Wilshire Rotarians (l-r) Ron Reyes, Mercedes Wilson, Tamra Barcinas, Christopher Cox and Janice Prior.

“Our efforts support the local pantry at St. James that gives food once a week to needy families and individuals distributing on average about 900 bags per month, serving a monthly total of about 1700,” Rotarian Janice Prior told the Buzz earlier this week.

There is an unprecedented demand for food, especially staples like pasta, rice and cereal since the pandemic hit Los Angeles. Locally food pantries are seeing a two-fold increase in the number of people who need food.

St. James Food Pantry distributes food in grocery bags and quick bags. Quick bags are for those without a place to cook or prepare a meal. Items are needed for both. Most requested items are listed below, but they can use all items in the attached list as well.


● canned protein such as tuna, sardines
● soups and stews
● peanut butter & jelly
● canned fruits & vegetables
● fruit juices
● staples such as beans, rice, pasta, cereal

Quick Bags:

● pouches of tuna
● crackers and cookies
● snack packs
● mini-cereals
● pop-top single serve meal (ravioli/ mac n cheese)
● cup of noodles/ soup

Rotary Volunteers will be at the lot today until 2 p.m. and again Sunday, May 2-3 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and next Friday and Saturday, May 8 -9 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wilshire Rotary Christoper Cox and Tamra Barcinas will collect bags curbside. Other Rotarians are collecting donations from people in the neighborhood. The Rotary will sort and box all the donations and deliver the items to St. James.
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Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.

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