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May 01, 2021
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Friday Farmers Market

HUGE Thank You to World-Renowned Graffiti Artist Jules Muck IG @MuckRock for the gorgeous mural she made with the community’s help.
HUGE Thank You to World-Renowned Graffiti Artist Jules Muck IG @MuckRock for the gorgeous mural she made with the community’s help.

The center has purchased a 40ft refrigeration unit to house healthy food for the community.

HUGE THANK YOU to Lemonade.tv, Dan Kang and Matt McGuire for being our Lead Sponsor in this effort along with The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, the amazing Rushton andSoule Families, Charlie Cutler, Brotherhood Mutual and Bryan Lipscomb! Without your help, as well as the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the numerous other generous donations that came in, we would not be able to have this celebration. So excited!

Whole Foods and Amazon have committed to give the center 8-12 pallets of healthy food EACH WEEK, for the Watts community! So grateful to Food Finders who delivers us this goodness each week! This is on top of other food commitments and partnerships we are building!

What does this 40ft, $80k refrigeration unit enable?

We want to provide healthy food security to not only our immediate area, but to our neighbors within Watts. We did a breakdown of what feedingupto1,500 families looks like over even 1 year:

▪️It is sustainable due to agreements already given by Whole Foods, Amazon and other highly reputable food organizations.

▪️It is in the middle of the community in need and brings the food to the residents. In comparison, other food banks are often on the outskirts of town and not accessible to residents that are having to juggle raising their children, work, lack of transportation, and lack of ability to travel with large amounts of food.

▪️The consistency of weekly, high caliber, nutritious food is the opposite of the unhealthy options low-income communities typically have access to.

▪️Our large network of volunteers (over 5,000 in total) makes this distribution affordable. We are alsoconsistently developing new partnership opportunities to acquire more food (and growing the need for this 40ft refrigeration unit).

▪️The fact that we could feed up to 1,500 FAMILIES in Watts for $1.07/week or $0.15/day is truly compelling. This 40ft refrigeration unit will enable this high impact innovative program! WILL YOU PLEASE HELP US? YOU CAN STILL CONTRIBUTE TODAY!

VOLUNTEER ON FRIDAYS

EVERY FRIDAY at 9am need people to join our Set-Up Squad for the Watts Farmers Market.

The Watts Farmers Market opens up at 10:30am for the community to receive free, healthy food!It all takes place on our Outdoor Basketball Court, behind the Watts Empowerment Center, while carefully abiding by all health and safety protocols.

Every Friday we transform the basketball court to a home overflowing with free food and clothes
Every Friday we transform the basketball court to a home overflowing with free food and clothes

Watts Empowerment Center

The Watts Empowerment Center is “The #1 Most Active Community Center in Los Angeles.” This 12,900 sq ft state-of-the-art facility committed to the children, youth, and families within Watts Housing Projects.

These 3.3 acres are the heartbeat of the community. Locals can discover their purpose and develop their talents with the help of top industry and business professionals that provide mentorship to many within the community.

Resources offered range from Sports Leagues, After School Tutoring, STEM Media Lab, Culinary Arts Kitchen, Performing Arts Studio, Music, Acting, Fashion Design, Etiquette Courses, Resume Building Workshops, Anti-Bullying Classes, Mental Health/Stress Management, and beyond.

FACILITATED BY THE CHARITY RED EYE:

OVER 14+ YEARS OF WEEKLY IMPACT.

5,000 VOLUNTEERS.

200,000+ HOURS.

750+ PROJECTS.

15,000 CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND FAMILIES IN NEED.

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