#FoodWasteSucks: RadicALL Giving Back in Downtown LA With Love My Neighbor Foundation

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Intro: Food Tribe is a 360° platform connecting local restaurants and food brands to their biggest fans. We put the giving in eating out. 

Our Radic(ALL) event and campaign is all about making sustainability more digestible .- 40% of the food America produces every year ends up in the trash, yet 16% of Los Angeles doesn’t know where they’re going to get their next meal from.

So we’re putting the spotlight on a few incredible people who are changing the world.

Sustainability itself isn’t sustainable, and in order to reverse a lot of the bad trends and habits the food industry has developed, we all need to be more aware of the issues.

We all need to rethink what it means to create a sustainable food industry.While our restaurant review platform is in development, we’re launching great products and services for LA area restaurants and foodies alike.

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Meet Haley, Founder, Love My Neighbor Foundation

Love My Neighbor Foundation - specifically, Establishing a viable and respectable means for homeless individuals to receive the necessities of life as they regain their way back into society. 

Houston, Texas native Athena Haley, commonly known as “Haley”, has garnered her roots in Las Vegas, NV and Los Angeles, CA. Many people know her as the talented woman with a caring heart. Similar many non-native Californians Haley came to Los Angeles to pursue her career in the entertainment industry. At the tender age of eleven, she was immediately smitten with the “acting” bug and her journey has taken off from there. Initially wanting to share her talents in the entertainment business as an actress, Haley began creating work for herself when she found it difficult to find work that truly highlighted her unique skills and talents for the craft. Ms. Haley’s 1 st film that she wrote, produced and starred in, I Was Her, addressed relevant topics such as abusive parent, drugs, prostitution, rape, homelessness and teenage runaways.


Realizing challenging aspects of life existed beyond the silver screen, Haley, turned to providing services for those individuals who actually encounter these situations daily. Thus, Love My Neighbor Foundation was formed, an organization that helps feed & clothe the Skid Row Homeless population every Thursday from 12PM to 2PM. For two years Haley has dedicated much of her time, collecting & distributing food, clothing, shoes & toiletries to countless homeless men, women & children in Los Angeles.

 

More Than Food Donations

Love My Neighbor is not just another foundation giving away food or clothes .

This foundation was established to allow homeless individuals to keep their pride and dignity as they receive food, clothing, shoes, toiletries and spiritual enlightenment.

Their volunteers are individuals in the community that realize the plight of the homeless and display such by giving countless hours to ensure their comfort when distributing necessities.

 Downtown Los Angeles + Skid Row

Skid Row is an area of Downtown Los Angeles. As of the 2000 census, the population of the district was 17,740.

Skid Row was defined in a decision in Jones v. City of Los Angeles as the area east of Main Street, south of Third Street, west of Alameda Street, and north of Seventh Street.

There are approximately 1,270 mission and 24-emergency shelter beds in the area. living in Los Angeles County, it is estimated that 2,521 homeless persons can be found within the 0.4 square miles of the Skid Row area. 

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Share a Meal, Every Thursday

 Love My Neighbor Foundation was formed, an organization that helps feed & clothe the Skid Row Homeless population every Thursday from 12PM to 2PM. For two years Haley has dedicated much of her time, collecting & distributing food, clothing, shoes & toiletries to countless homeless men, women & children in Los Angeles.

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Food Donations Lead to Hope

Haley picks up food and drops it off every week. Through donations with partners like Panera, Dogecoin Socks for Homeless and more, Haley understands the value in rerouting resources in order to effectively address the issues.


After living in her car with her dog, Haley got a firsthand look at the emotions surrounding homelessness.

Because she felt she got herself into her situation, she didn’t want to depend on anyone to get her out. So she continued going to church, reading her bible, prayed, and telling herself God wouldn’t put her in a situation she couldn’t handle.

And she came to truly understand the phrase, “what doesn’t kill you, will make you stronger.”

The trials and tribulations that Haley has faced from losing her 29 year-old brother to leukemia, abusive relationships and overcoming the fear of abandonment gives her the energy, passion and wisdom on how to lead the Love My Neighbor Foundation.


READY TO JOIN THE CONVERSATION AROUND FOOD AND SUSTAINABILITY?

A #LinkedInLocal Event

(www.foodtribeusa.co/radicall)

Food Tribe is a 360° restaurant technology platform interested in food. We’re starting the conversation to drive RADIC(ALL) change around food issues like sustainability and waste.

Join us December 15th in Venice for a fun way to learn more about the issue.

We think that throwing away 40% of our food when 16% of LA is food insecure doesn’t make any sense.

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Terence Latimer