Sodexo has committed to feeding children in Los Angeles again this Summer through a very special program in Mar Vista. The Mar Vista Family Center is the site where Sodexo has partnered with Loyola Marymount for the fifth Summer in a row to bring breakfast and lunch to kids who are at a risk of hunger.
The Feeding our Future program, staffed by Sodexo’s dining services team at Loyola Marymount University, volunteers to prepare and distribute meals to 150 kids at the Center, 5 days per week. 8000 kids have benefitted since they began.
Mar Vista Family Center was founded in 1977 as a preschool for low-income families that aimed to engage parents as partners in the education of their children, and today, the Center helps approximately 300 low-income children avoid gang involvement by providing a safe space and programs that help them academically.
One in four children in Los Angeles struggles with hunger, and Los Angeles County tops the list of counties with the most children living in fear of food insecurity, according to Feeding America.
During the school year, more than 21 million kids nationwide receive free and reduced-price meals, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But when school lets out for the summer, only 3.8 million children participate in summer meal programs.