15,000 pounds of groceries and thousands of masks to be distributed FREE to food-insecure individuals and families at event at Compton’s Calvary Baptist Church
LOS ANGELES (April 2, 2021) On Saturday, April 3, 2021, the national non-profit, Social Change and AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), through its Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC), will bring together a diverse array of grassroots community organizations to bring the spirit of Easter to the City of Compton. Scheduled from 12noon – 3pm at Calvary Baptist Church located at 1517 E. Alondra Blvd, Compton, CA, the coalition of civic, religious and cultural leaders will be providing free food, PPE and other critical items to individuals and families in need.
Saturday’s event is being organized by the Los Angeles Chapter of Social Change, through support from AHF and BLACC.
WHAT: Community Food Drive providing
FREE Food and PPE to food insecure individuals & families
and families to culminate Black History Month
Note: Organizers will distribute over 15,000 pounds of fresh groceries and thousands of masks to all who WALK UP or DRIVE-UP; and FREE HIV testing will be available.
WHEN: Saturday, April 3, 2021
12noon – 3:00pm
Note: Set-Up starts at 10:00am
WHERE: CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 1517 E. Alondra Blvd., Compton, CA 90221
WHO: AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) powered by AHF
The Compton Chamber of Commerce
The Compton Initiative
Los Angeles Stentorians
Project Giving Kids
Dominguez High School
WHY: According to Feed America, African American households face hunger at a rate more than twice that of white, non-Hispanic households. And getting enough to eat is a consistent struggle for 1 in 4 African American children. According to the California Association of Food Banks, on average, 1 out of every 4 Californians does not know where their next meal will come from. With greater levels of hunger experienced by Black and Latinx families with children.
In addition to the food and PPE being distributed, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will be providing free, rapid, confidential HIV testing, with an opportunity for attendees to win a $50 Ralph’s gift card.
Social Change’s Executive Director, Todd Belcore, noted “it’s important that the world understand that saying Black Lives Matter isn’t a political statement, it’s a cry for help. That’s why I can’t be more grateful for all the leaders of every color, sector and belief who have come together on this Easter weekend to respond to their neighbor’s cry by meeting some of our neighbor’s urgent needs and honoring the life, legacy and contributions of Black people in America. This is the sort of energy that creates the space for understanding and–with that–real progress.”
“We are honored to partner with these wonderful organizations to bring much needed resources to the residents of Compton,” states Imara Canady, Chair, Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition powered by AHF. “Food insecurity is an epidemic that is plaguing our nation, and AHF is committed to work with organizations in communities across the U.S., to take an innovative and impactful approach to addressing this critical issue.”
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About Social Change. Social Change is a national nonprofit committed to liberation via storytelling, organizing, direct action, policy advocacy & storytelling. Check them out at www.socialchange.site and follow them @ATLsocialchange
The Black Leadership AIDS Crisis Coalition (BLACC) powered by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (“AHF”), is a coalition of Black-American cultural influencers and health advocates, that through the use of innovative, culturally relevant messaging and initiatives, are revolutionizing outreach to the Black American community and elevating the education and awareness of sexual health and wellness and bringing greater awareness to the social justice issues disproportionately impacting the health and wellness of Black Americans. Learn more at blacc.net
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over one million people in 45 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcareand Instagram: @aidshealthcare .
Imara Canady, AIDS Healthcare Foundation/BLACC
770-940-6555 – cell [email protected]
Ged Kenslea, AIDS Healthcare Foundation
323-791-5526 – cell [email protected]
Todd Belcore, Social Change 773-301-5783 – cell [email protected]