Last week, our visual director Joshua and I had the pleasure of volunteering with Food on Foot–a nonprofit that assists homeless and low-income earners living in Los Angeles by offering nutritious meals, clothing, and a fresh start to those who need it most. It's an organization we hold dear to our hearts, and one we admire for its unique step-by-step program that includes life-skills education, full-time employment, and permanent housing.
We headed to Hollywood for one of their weekly Sunday Servings, where anyone in need can count on getting a warm meal and a warm welcome. The woman at the front of the line told me she had been waiting for four hours, in order not to miss the only complete meal she'd have all week. Founder Jay Goldinger, who is out there every single week, said that over 250 people were fed that day, one of the busiest Sundays he'd seen. Some of those who came were living on the streets, while others had lost their jobs during Covid-19 and were barely scraping by. But, they were all very grateful and we were humbled by the experience. After the food was distributed, Jay and his team held a graduation ceremony for the members of the program who were moving from one level to the next. Some talked about the acts of kindness they performed that week, and others proudly stated that they had held their job long enough to get an apartment. One man who had been incarcerated for 25 years is now working full time, and a woman who now works for the organization was once on that line of people waiting to receive food. After Food on Foot was able to get her back on her feet, she knew she wanted to join the team due to its honesty and ability to really make a difference in people's lives.
We heard many beautiful, moving things that day, and saw a wide range of people making their way in the world, but above all, we were reminded of our humanity and the bond that we all share. One Moon was founded on many principles, one of which is the belief that to whom much is given, much is expected. We feel lucky to have been able to reach out to our fellow Los Angeles neighbors and find the common thread that connects us all, through a simple meal and a smile. If you're interested in learning more, please visit Food on Foot.