Pasadena Food Hug Lions Club Grant Feeds 500 Huntington Hospital Workers
Just recently the Latino Restaurant Association’s (LRA) Pasadena Food Hug Program delivered meals to more than 500 healthcare heroes from Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, Calif.
The meals were made possible thanks to a $6,000 donation from the Pasadena Host Lions Club to the program. Since its launch last August, the program has raised close to $80,000 and delivered more than 5,300 meals to essential workers across Pasadena in more than 30 industries including: healthcare, first responders, utilities, grocery and retail, senior living/nursing homes, and nonprofits.
“Pasadena Host Lions Club is honored to serve the community by providing the Latino Restaurant Association this grant in support of its Pasadena Food Hug Program”, said Donna Pomerantz, President of The Pasadena Host Lions Club. “Our motto is ‘Together We Serve’ – what an exceptional way to make our corner of the world a better place by recognizing our frontline heroes while supporting small business simultaneously.”
“The generous grant from the Pasadena Host Lions Club enabled us to continue living out our vision to deliver comfort and hope to frontline workers and to help local restaurants survive the pandemic,” said Trisha Muse, Food Hug Program Founder and LRA volunteer. “We are thankful to all donors who have allowed us to provide a ‘Food Hug’ to those in the community who are working hard to keep us safe during this time.”
Trisha Muse, a Pasadena resident, launched the Pasadena Food Hug Program with LRA, a national non-profit, last year as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program raises funds that support minority owned restaurants in the Pasadena area, who are hired to prepare delicious and comforting meals (a.k.a., Food Hugs) that are delivered to a variety of frontline workers throughout the city.
“Restaurants are struggling to stay in business”, said Lilly Rocha, CEO of the Latino Restaurant Association. “We’re so proud of our Feeding Frontliners and Pasadena Food Hug programs because they support our local restaurants AND recognize our healthcare heroes.”
“We are grateful for the thoughtful delivery of meals today from Amigos, El Portal, Bonnie B’s, Yuca’s and Leberry Bakery, which will feed almost 600 Huntington healthcare heroes,” said Jane Haderlein, Senior Vice President, Public Relations & Philanthropy, Huntington Hospital. “Our community is at the heart of everything we do. We appreciate this generous ‘thank you’ sponsored by Pasadena Food Hug and Pasadena Lions Club as our dedicated caregivers continue their tireless work.”
Pasadena Food Hug has supported 10 restaurants, including: Amigos Mexican Restaurant, El Portal/Yahaira’s Cafe, Urbano Mexican Kitchen, El Metate Café, Chamo Venezuelan Cuisine, Amara Café & Restaurant, Yuca’s Pasadena, Perry’s Joint, Leberry Bakery and Bonnie B’s Smokin BBQ.
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About the Latino Restaurant Association
The Latino Restaurant Association promotes, supports and educates restaurateurs and small business owners to ensure the equitable economic growth of the Latino restaurant sector across Los Angeles.