On Monday, December 23, the Rams teamed up with Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to assist Angelinos in need as part of the team's second annual Community Blitz Day of Service.
The Los Angeles Rams recently worked alongside partners UnitedHealthcare, Albertsons/Vons/Pavilions (AVP), Ahern and Hyundai for a holiday food distribution at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank on Monday, December 23. Throughout the afternoon, Rams players NATE TREWYN &MARQUISE COPELAND, Cheerleaders, Rampage and volunteers packed food kits for more than 20,000 seniors who receive food directly from the Food Bank each month and helped distribute goodie bags filled with a ham and other holiday dishes for one thousand more families battling food insecurity.
"Access to nutritious foods is one of the biggest social determinants of health we're addressing in Los Angeles and across the state," said Meghan Newkirk, Vice President, UnitedHealthcare of California. "UnitedHealthcare is committed to investing in the communities we serve, and we are proud to continue our partnership with the Los Angeles Rams and the LA Regional Food Bank to address hunger-related issues and other social determinants of health in the region."
Los Angeles County is home to one of the largest populations of any county in the nation and is also home to one of the largest accounts of hunger. An estimated 2 million people in LA County live with food insecurity and 1 in 5 people in the county may not know where their next meal is coming from.
"Every community is home to people that struggle daily with hunger," said Laurie Raymundo, Marketing Director for Albertsons. "As one of the largest grocery retailers in Southern California, supporting hunger relief programs is a strong focus of ours and we were especially grateful during this holiday season to be able to provide to local families in need."
The year-round issue of food insecurity is one the Rams continue to dedicate efforts and resources to. When the team returned to Los Angeles in 2016, the Rams introduced Taste of the Rams, a culinary tasting event, to the Los Angeles market. In its four years of existence, Taste of the Rams has raised more than $650,000 for the LA Regional Food Bank, which has translated to more than 2.5 million meals for Angelenos in need. This year, the team and its community partners wanted to offer support during the holiday season as well.
"Although food insecurity is a year-round issue, this event happening during the holiday season is beneficial because children, seniors and families need food over the winter break," said Roger Castle, Chief Operating Officer for the LA Regional Food Bank. "The Rams stepping up to do this during the holidays lets people in our community who are struggling with this issue know that there are people that care about them and it gives them hope."
Many clients expressed their gratitude to the Rams and volunteers as they left the Food Bank with their food kits.
"Thanks to the Rams and others, I will now be able to have a real holiday meal with my family this Christmas. I didn't think we would be able to have a ham this year," said a LA Regional Food Bank client.
The LA Regional Food Bank mobilizes resources to fight hunger in the Los Angeles community. The organization sources and acquires food products to distribute to people in need through charitable agencies, energizes the community to get involved and support hunger relief, and conducts hunger education and awareness campaigns while advocating for public policies that alleviate hunger in Los Angeles.
This event was part of the team's second annual Community Blitz Day of Service. During the second annual Community Blitz Day of Service the Rams, community partners, influencers and team supporters impacted nearly 30,000 people across 80 miles of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. A recap of the day's events can be viewed here.