receive fresh food, toys and books
volunteers give their time
Each year our Holiday Food Program provides Christmas food baskets, toys and books to 2,500 families (12,500 people) living in poverty in the Los Angeles area. All of the families are referred through the Head Start Program and meet federal and state mandated poverty levels.
In the spirit of the holidays, each child receives books and toys given personally by Santa and every family takes home a basket overflowing with all the makings of a wonderful holiday meal: a turkey, rolls, carrots, squash, potatoes, yams, onions, rice, beans, bags of apples and oranges, candy, a fresh apple pie and canned goods.
Our Holiday Food Program is dependent on the support and involvement of people living within our community. Over 2,000 volunteers come together at the Barker Hangar to sort and package the food during the week before the actual giveaway, and most importantly, are on hand at our various Head Start distribution centers to personally give out the food with a sense of caring and family involvement.
Living in poverty is especially hard during the holidays when there are no resources to make the holiday special. The food, toys, books and celebration provided by the One Voice volunteers bring much needed hope to families living in poverty that lasts well beyond the holiday season.
The Holiday Food Program takes place over the course of 4 days and nights. The first night over 2,000 volunteers gather at the Barker Hangar to sort food for our 2,500 families.
The second night we fill food boxes and load the over 5,000 boxes and bags of food into trucks that will go to the various distribution centers throughout Los Angeles. These are fun and festive nights with music playing as people celebrate coming together to help others in need.
On Saturday volunteers help deliver the food and toys to the 7 distribution centers.
Sunday is the actual giveaway day when the families arrive and are greeted by hundreds of volunteers who give out the food, toys and books with hugs and warmth as we welcome the parents and children into the One Voice family.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 19th
SORTING & PACKING FOOD – THIS IS THE NIGHT THAT’S MOST APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN
7:30 pm – 11 pm
7:30 – 9 pm “Kid Safe”
THE DOORS OPEN AT 7:30PM – come any time after that.
We will be sorting and packaging the food. This is the night that is most appropriate for children as well as adults.We continue long into the night, usually finishing around 11:00 PM. Please register online in advance and have a copy on your phone to show at the door when you arrive between 7:30-8:30 PM.
For safety reasons, groups of kids will only be admitted if there is at least 1 adult to supervise every 2-3 kids.
FRIDAY DECEMBER 20th
7:30 pm – 11 pm
We will be boxing the food and loading it into trucks. Come any time after 7:30 PM. We’ll work until about 11:00 PM. Dress warmly.
SATURDAY DECEMBER 21st
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
This is the day we deliver the boxes to our distribution centers. We need all the volunteers we can get. Teen and adult groups are perfect for this activity.
Please meet at the hangar at 9:00 AM. If you can’t make it that early, come whenever you can. We can use your help all day.
SUNDAY DECEMBER 22nd
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
This is the day of the giveaway! The families will be coming to pick up the food and toys from each designated center. We need you there to let each family know we care. Please meet at the hangar at 8:00 AM for assignments to specific centers. Come rain or shine!