Health, Food Security and Slowing the Spread of COVID-19

Food Security


L.A. County is committed to feeding its most vulnerable communities during the pandemic. To date, we’ve provided 5 million meals to nearly 300,000 residents struggling with food and economic security since April. Leveraging federal CARES Act dollars, we’ve implemented on-the-ground programs to get much-needed food to those who need it the most. We’ve distributed nearly 6 million pounds of boxed food at dozens of drive-up events throughout the County. We’ve also delivered nearly 2.2 million meals to seniors and people who are disabled. In addition, We are distributing $20 million in grants to local community organizations that have themselves stepped up to support those in need. This web page provides an in-depth look at what’s being funded to meet these urgent needs.

If you or someone you know is hungry or struggling to put food on the table, please call the County’s help line at 2-1-1. and visit the Food Support Services for a list of Food Distribution Events.


Since the onset of the pandemic, the County has held more than 70 food distribution events across the region. LA County has distributed more than 3.5 tons of food at these events to over 112,000 of our most vulnerable families who have been served boxes of food at these events.


$75 million was allocated to provide meals to older and high-risk adults and to support local restaurants and workers during the pandemic.

Through the Great Plates Delivered (GPD) program, WDACS helped reduce hunger and food insecurity and stimulate the local economy by partnering with local restaurants, food providers/agricultural workers and business owners to provide older adults with daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) every day.

As of February 22, 2021, the Great Plates Delivered program served 9,047 clients and delivered approximately 4,290,969 meals in partnership with 79 restaurants.

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