On Sunday, with Los Angeles under a “Safer at Home” order from Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Karsh Family Social Service Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple opened its food pantry in Koreatown to serve local residents who rely weekly on the healthy groceries we provide.

Many of our regular clients, uncertain whether the food pantry would be open, were thrilled to see us.

The facilities and security teams were incredibly supportive and we wouldn’t have been able to operate without their help.

In all, more than 150 bags of food were prepared. Our executive director Lila Guirguis led the Karsh Center’s lean crew, greeting clients at the sign-in table. One of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Volunteer Food Pantry Coordinators Todd Kaltman was also on hand to help with the flow.

We also want to thank the Los Angeles Police Department officers from the Olympic Division who were nearby to support us. As we were closing, the officers offered to help distribute surplus groceries to other neighbors in need, so we packed their squad car with 20 full bags.

With the lessons learned from today’s experience, we look forward to serving our clients again next Sunday!