Community Partners Come Together During NBA All-Star Weekend to Help Feed Los Angeles Families in Need

200 Families to Receive Much-Needed Food and Essentials

Los Angeles, – The National Basketball Retired Players Association – Houston Chapter (NBRPA Houston Chapter) in collaboration with the NBRPA Los Angeles Chapter, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, Feed the Children, will host a Legends Cares drive thru community event to help serve Los Angeles residents in need. This event, to be held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles (5029 S. Vermont), will help 200 families receive food and essentials to supplement their meals for a week.

The 200 families, pre-identified by Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, will each receive a 25-pound box of food, such as canned vegetables, peanut butter and mac ‘n cheese; a 15-pound box of much-needed essentials like lotion, shampoo and conditioner; a 5-pound box of assorted Avon products; donated chips from PepsiCo; and various Disney books.

“It’s an honor to help serve our community,” said Major Jones, president of NBRPA Houston Chapter Rick Darnell, president of NBRPA Los Angeles Chapter in a joint statement. “We want to use this weekend to give back to those who really need hope and resources for the future.”
In Los Angeles alone, more than 21 percent of families live below the poverty line. Families who are living below the poverty line may not know where their next meal is coming from. The ability to provide for those in need is made possible because of sponsors, community partners and volunteers who come together to fight food insecurity in their communities.

“We’re excited to help those who really need the resources,” said Veronica Jimenez, VP of Programs & Operations of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles. “Our goal is to promote the optimal social development for at-risk youth, and we are able to achieve our goal by partnering with those who want to help our community.”
This is one of many events Feed the Children has planned across the country to help those in need. With the support of partners like NBRPA Houston Chapter and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles, as well as community partners and volunteers, the cycle of poverty can be broken.

“Feed the Children is proud to partner with NBRPA Houston Chapter and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Los Angeles,” said Travis Arnold, Feed the Children president and CEO. “We know that when we combine our efforts we will have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most—right here in America.”

About Feed the Children

Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials and disaster response. It operates five distribution centers located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.

In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 79.8 million pounds of food and essentials to children and families in the U.S. Internationally, it provided nutritious food or other benefits to 1,080,000 children, empowered 291,000 parents to make better decisions for their children, and positively impacted more than 1,200 communities and schools in 10 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.

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