Let’s be entire cellular wholesome pantry

The local organization holds a weekly grocery giveaway at Sole Folks in Leimert Park, as well as in Compton and San Pedro.

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From Megan Reed

Let’s Be Whole has been supplying local families with fresh fruit, vegetables, meat and other foods for two years. Your efforts were even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We made a huge impact on our community during the pandemic because a lot of people lost their jobs,” said Nina Womack, founder of Let’s Be Whole. “People have told me this is just enough to get them through to their next paycheck. This will help reduce your spending on groceries. “

Womack hosts the mobile healthy food pantry on Wednesdays at 12:30 p.m. at Sole Folks in Leimert Park Village, on Thursday 1st and 3rd Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in George Washington Carver Park in Compton and on Fridays at YWCA in San Pedro 13: 30 o’clock

Much of the groceries comes from large grocery stores and other grocery stores, and the grocery giveaway is aimed at those in need.

“We are providing food security to underserved communities who cannot shop at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s,” said Womack. “It’s not just for poor people, it’s for everyone. It’s free to the community and there are no income requirements. “

Womack grew up in southern Los Angeles, so helping her community is very important to her. She also helps people overseas when she recently returned from Ghana in West Africa. She was installed as the queen mother of a village.

“I’m working on expanding this pantry not only here in Los Angeles but also in Africa,” she said. “I look forward to bridging the gap between the diasporas here in South LA and our people in Africa. Hopefully we can make that connection through food. “

Akil West, co-founder of Sole Folks, welcomed a partnership with Let’s Be Whole as he is also from southern Los Angeles. He attended Audubon Middle School and Crenshaw High School and wrote a children’s book called “I Grow My Own Food”. The book is about a young girl who wants to create her own garden.

The residents benefit greatly from the partnership between Let’s Be Whole and Sole Folks.

“This program is most powerful because it shows our love for the community,” West said. “There aren’t many options here at Leimert Park as one of our largest grocery stores (Ralphs on Crenshaw Boulevard and Slauson Avenue) is closing. And the only other that’s within a mile radius (Albertsons at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza) is also closing for construction. For organizations like Let’s Be Whole, it’s important to feed this community in a bad-going situation. “

For more information on Let’s Be Whole, please visit the website at www.letsbewhole.com. Sole Folks is located at 4317 Degnan Boulevard. Visit the website at www.solefolks.com.

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