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Northridge Fashion Center was an unusual spot to see a pop-up drive-thru food pantry on Friday morning, April 3. But, of course, these are unusual times.
The event is a sign of new collaborations being forged between businesses, government and nonprofit organizations in the San Fernando Valley in response to Valley residents finding themselves in dire straits due to the coronavirus pandemic.
David Delaplane, CEO of Harbor Recuperative Care in Mission Hills — which helps injured/ill homeless who are nearing release from hospitals transition to housing — and Daniel Mastrolonardo, director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission.
They got the idea for the pantry drive-thru in March after noting bare grocery shelves and hearing about community-wide layoffs.
HRC and the rescue mission joined District 12 Los Angeles City Councilmember John Lee, Daniyel John Sr., general manager retail at Northridge Fashion Center, Valley Food Bank and other partners.
The coalition sponsored an appointment-only pantry to be held on Thursday-Friday every week until the end of the coronavirus emergency.
The Southern California Gas Co. has pledged $5,000 also for the effort to feed those in need.
The public may make food donations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, at Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave. (near California Pizza Kitchen).
For an appointment (10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday-Friday) or ways to support the drive-thru pantry: contact sfvrescuemission.org/pantry San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, 818-785-4476.