Long Beach, California 2020-11-21 17:30:47 –
To share the spirit of difficult year vacations with the communities most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the NAACP of the Long Beach Chapter announced on Saturday, November 21, the elderly, low-income families and homeless people who returned home We hosted a Thanksgiving food program for students and families. Faced with food insecurity.
“Our seniors are afraid and lonely, but they are also resilient,” said Jesse Johnson Jr., the founder of 100 black men on Long Beach. “But for those who have lost their families and loved ones, holidays are already a difficult time. Then, with the addition of the virus, that loneliness becomes even more difficult.”
The Long Beach Chapter’s COVID-19 Food Program began in early May and was largely funded by the Long Beach Community Foundation’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. Working with the branch community is focused on supporting the Long Beach color community, which is disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
“The effects of the coronavirus are being strengthened in the community of people of color, especially blacks, browns, Asians, Pacific Islands, and Native Americans,” said Naomi Rainey Pearson, president of the Long Beach Chapter NAACP. .. “We know that there are people in need who don’t even have access to food banks and grocery stores for a variety of reasons, so we’re trying to help.”
The Thanksgiving basket was packed with frozen turkey, canned food, cornbread mix, hand sanitizer, and face mask.
Donations to baskets, face masks and disinfectants include Albertsons Foundation, LB NAACP Branch, LB NAACP Youth & College Chapter, NRPE Properties, Andy Street, Van Dyke Family Trust, Ralphs & Food 4 Less, Beauty 4U, Dignity Health-St. Mary Medical Center, 100 Black Men in Long Beach, LB Community Foundation, Omega Psyfi Fratanity, Jota Branch, LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn.
“I have served the community for the rest of my life,” said Alonzo Duncan, Deputy Basileus of the Lo Iota Iota branch of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. “My parents raised me not to sit down for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner until we helped someone in need.”
Throughout the afternoon, volunteers from the New Hope Homes Senior Housing Facility, the Carmelitos Housing Project and other partner organizations arrived at Rainey Pearson’s home to collect baskets for distribution to residents and community members. NAACP members were ready to load the basket into the vehicle.
“The Long Beach branch NAACP launched a food program during this pandemic to demonstrate their commitment to addressing community food needs. Leveraging relationships and organizational infrastructure to meet tremendous needs. I am very grateful for what I can do, “said Naomi Rainey, president of the NAACP branch.
The Long Beach branch NAACP also provides food aid to 90 households in the city. More families will be added to the program as additional funding is secured.
Rainey-Pierson said the branch will continue to collect more supplies for the holidays to donate to members of the community. Designate the Long Beach Branch NAACP on longbeachcf.org, specify the Long Beach Branch NAACP, and donate to the program.