Dayna Miller, Nonie Shore, and Kristina Rocco Levy proudly display a meal provided by Roccoâ€™s CafĂ©.
Photo by Kait Leonard.
On Monday, July 13, 2020, Topanga Cares successfully launched the new meal program to help Topanga neighbors facing food insecurities.
The program is sponsored by the Topanga Community Center in partnership with Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehlâ€™s office. Roccoâ€™s Cucina, CafĂ© 27, and Waterlily CafĂ© will be providing meals. Prior to the first day, 139 people pre-registered to receive meals.
Volunteers wearing face masks and shields scrambled to get the assembly line ready for the 3:30 opening on Monday, where meals of pasta and broccoli provided by Roccoâ€™s Cucina were distributed. Beautifully prepared and packaged food waited in coolers until recipients drove through the library parking-lot-turned-meal-pickup-lane. The instructions were simple for everyone who preregistered: put car in park, pop the trunk, and keep your mask on.
Those who hadnâ€™t registered online could sign in at a front table and receive a meal as long as they lasted. Any unclaimed meals were donated to unhoused members of the community, the fire department, and the highway patrol officers who worked the event.