KIPP Philosophers Academy (KPA), a school that prides itself on being a school of and for the community, teamed up with the Salas & Son’s Food Bank, a staple in the South Los Angeles community since 2010, to give away free food during the holiday season.
The food distribution events started with Salas & Son’s Food Bank owner Jose Salas and his small team of volunteers unloading and sorting through a truck full of grocery boxes filled with fresh fruits, vegetables, frozen chicken, and almond milk.
Then, as the cars pulled into KPA, the team wasted no time gently loading the grocery boxes into the trunks of the vehicles.
Salas & Son's Food Bank volunteer loads up a car with free groceries at KPA.
For Salas, giving away free food to his community is something he never considers a job. Instead, he says he is motivated and driven by the people he meets along the way.
As a result of the partnership with KPA, Salas and his team provided grocery boxes to over 140 households, which impacted over 710 community members based on reported family size totals.
KIPP SoCal Advocacy and Community Engagement Manager Cathie Pacheco, who previously volunteered at the Salas & Son’s Food Bank, established the partnership in the Summer when she saw the food bank's impact on the community by providing free food to over 10,000 people a month.
In an effort to support their work and bring this resource to our families, Pacheco worked with Salas to build a partnership that helped expand their efforts.
Cathie Pacheco (right) talks with the driver as volunteers load up a car with free groceries.
Before the KPA food distribution event, Pacheco helped organize volunteers for the food bank warehouse, secured KIPP SoCal as a sponsor for 1,000 tote bags for Salas’ back-2-school event in August, and helped loan out KIPP Ignite Academy’s empty lot to expand food distribution efforts.
Pacheco believes it is important for KIPP SoCal to build mutually supportive relationships with community partners that help drive and support their work and missions and help bring resources to our families and communities.
KIPP SoCal hopes to keep collaborating with the Salas & Son’s Food Bank and supporting the meaningful work they do for our communities in South LA.
The Salas & Son’s Food Bank is located at 1658 Nadeau St, Los Angeles, CA, and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.