[GIVE A HAND] Volunteering Spotlight: Food on Foot

fofIf you’re feeling especially thankful for all of the food, friends and fun this holiday season, set aside a few hours to pay it forward and help get nutritious meals to those who need them most.

Food on Foot, a volunteer-based non-profit located in Hollywood, has been providing chicken dinners, healthy snacks, bottled water and gently used clothing to poor and homeless individuals and families every Sunday since 1996.

In addition to their meal program, Food on Foot offers a “Work for Food” program, which enlists about 25 individuals to pick up trash in exchange for items like food, gift cards, phone cards or bus tokens.

The program is designed to help individuals who are without reliable shelter, struggling with addiction, or are otherwise unready for traditional employment, gain the skills and confidence they need to transition out of homelessness.

If you’re short on time, but would still like to help, Food on Foot is seeking clothing donations—especially job interview-appropriate clothing, such as suits, dress shirts, ties and dresses—warm jackets, backpacks and sleeping bags. And of course, monetary donations are always welcome.

Donations are tax-deductible and can be dropped off on Sundays between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Hollywood serving site, or checks made payable to Food on Foot can be mailed to 9663 Santa Monica Blvd. #743, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. You can also donate online or sign up to volunteer at foodonfoot.org.

Meals are served on Sundays at 3 p.m. at 1625 Schrader Blvd., Hollywood

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