As the lockdown orders went into effect last April, food shortages in working class homes became more prevalent. Urban Partners Los Angeles expanded their existing food bank to meet the needs of thousands of LA residents. Lines wrapped around several blocks, reminiscent of Great Depression Era food bank lines.
This series began as the coronavirus pandemic began to affect Los Angeles. Photos shown are from the Urban Partners Los Angeles Food Bank in Koreatown and Feeding The Frontlines in Oxnard. Both are mutual aid efforts organized to feed working class and farming communities.
A short documentary is embedded at the end.
Inside the courtyard of the First Unitarian Church, Koreatown, where Urban Partners LA operates the food bank from. The assembly line for the food packaging. Outside, hundreds wait for the food bank to open. A segment of the food bank line. The rest of the line goes up several blocks, with over 800 people waiting by 5AM. Socially-distanced food bank line. Another view of the food bank line in Koreatown, LA. 4AM In the basement of the church, a volunteer brings food up from the a storage pile. The stockpile is loaded so that people in line for the food can easily receive their share of food. A corner of the food bank line, three blocks away from the church. Nam Le, VP of United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 770, takes note of how many food supplies will be taken to his union members. Grocery workers in UFCW 770 led the initiative for mask wearing in Los Angeles. Food box is given to a man who had been waiting all morning for rations. Food pick up section. While hundreds of people of color wait in line for food, a white jogger changes course to avoid the line on the sidewalk. A volunteer at UPLA food bank. Adam Vega, a community organizer in Oxnard, helps unload food donations for farm workers. “Feeding The Frontlines” was a mutual aid effort to support farm workers and their families as they continued to do the work to feed America during the pandemic. A truckload of fruit for the frontline farm workers. Inside the fruit truck. Dole, which has a warehouse in the nearby port city, Port Hueneme, donated pineapples grown in Central America, for the food drive. Farm workers’ rights. Strawberry farm, Oxnard, CA. The food drop off location for the farm workers to take home after working. Two carts full of food given at the UPLA food bank.