Through the Los Angeles Dream Center, more than 300,000 meals have been served since the middle of March, something that the founder calls a “miracle of biblical proportions.” The center has gotten early support from the likes of Kanye West and from companies like Chick-fil-A and other various local businesses.
“Every morning I wake up and stand in the parking lot with our dedicated staff, I am blown away that day after day, week after week, there is enough food to provide to folks that need it,” Matthew Barnett, Dream Center co-founder, said to Fox News.
The Dream Center has been providing about 11,000 meals a day in the second-largest school district in America.
“The Los Angles Dream Center has transformed into the Grand Central Station of food distribution and other basic essentials,” Barnett told Fox News. “I’m so grateful that our team has stayed healthy and that we’ve found a safe way to meet the urgent needs within our community.
“I can’t say thank you enough to the various donors who’ve made this a reality,” Barnett continued. “This is what a neighborhood, a community, and a church should always look like.”
The Christian nonprofit organization started its donation drive as soon as the Los Angeles Unified School District closed on March 13. It is open seven days a week, from the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., to provide people in need with food and other essential items. They offer grab-and-go options as local residents can drive by and pick up meals while they are open.
The Los Angeles Dream Center also delivers food supplies to as many as 20 different outreach sites, while also offering care packages of food and other necessities to the elderly in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood.
Chick-fil-A has been donating sandwiches every day for the Dream Center’s efforts, and Anthem Blue Cross has provided hundreds of bottles of hand sanitizer.