Providence Tarzana Medical Center Working With The Mayor To Help Neighbors In Need
A two-week food drive ends today at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, where employees have been dropping nonperishable food items into bins that now overflow with donations for the hungry in the San Fernando Valley.
The contribution to MEND – Meet Each Need With Dignity – will help that nonprofit agency in the Northeast Valley provide groceries to a growing population of unemployed. MEND volunteers distribute 150,000 pounds of food each month to 20,000 people in need and to 25 other organizations, food bank director Richard Weinroth said. The need, he said, has doubled in the past year.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s office sought help from Providence Tarzana to participate in this year’s Citywide Day of Service where Los Angeles organizations and residents reach out to the less fortunate, said Barri Worth, a member of the mayor’s staff in the West Valley.
“Tarzana has always been a great partner in service projects,” Worth said. “They’re always willing to help and we’re glad to work with them.”
The food will be blessed in a brief ceremony on Tuesday before being trucked to MEND for distribution.