Families line up for hot vegetarian meals in Pacoima during coronavirus crisis – LA Daily News

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Cars lined up early along Laurel Canyon Blvd in Pacoima on Friday afternoon, April 17. Everyone was there for free hot vegetarian delicacies prepared by the Khalsa Care Foundation.

Khalsa Care Foundation, in partnership with Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez’s office, was ready with 3,000 such meals prepared for anyone that needed a warm bite to eat.

The vegetarian meals consisted of pasta, broccoli, onions, and bell peppers.

“This is all done through our volunteers, all donations. Right now, we are doing 5,000 meals a week; next week we will be doing 7,000 meals,” said Jaspreet Singh of the Khalsa Care Foundation.

The foundation also holds a food pantry after the hot meal distribution featuring bags of groceries available to help feed more people.

Khalsa Care Foundation is a non-profit organization serving both Sikh and non-Sikh community in the greater Los Angeles area.

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    Jaspal Kaur fills containers with pasta during a drive through a free vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    LA City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez hands out hot meals during a free drive through vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers prepare bags of food at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Cars line up on Laurel Canyon Blvd. during a free drive through vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers prepare bags of food at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Jaspal Kaur fills containers with pasta during a drive through a free vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Children peer out a window from the backseat of a car during a free drive through vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers prepare bags of food at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers prepare bags of food at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers prepare bags of food at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers hand out hot meals during a free drive through vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Jaspreet Singh waves after handing out a hot meal during a free drive through vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers hand out hot meals during a free drive through vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    during a drive through a free vegetarian meal give away at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers prepare bags of food at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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    Volunteers prepare bags of food at the Khalsa Care Foundation in Pacoima, Friday, April 17, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Hands reached through open windows and received bags stuffed with goodness. The faces were covered in masks, but you could almost see the smiles behind them.

“Thank you” in several languages could be heard as people accepted the food with gratitude.

One of the appreciative recipients was Pacoima resident Yahaira Fuentes.  ” We are very grateful to everyone that are volunteering and giving away to the community,” said the car detailer, who has had almost no work since the stay at home orders were initiated and was happy for the help feeding her family.

Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, chair of the city’s Public Safety Committee, handed out out food and wished people well as they received their bags.

“We have a great deal of need; I think that COVID-19 has daylighted for a lot of families what we knew to be true — that a lot of families are housing and food insecure,” she said. “So we are helping to provide all the resources they need to get through these difficult times.”

Rodriguez’ District 7 includes the neighborhoods of Pacoima, Lake View Terrace, Mission Hills, North Hills, Sunland-Tujunga and Sylmar.

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