On February 15th 2018, during NBA All Star week in Los Angeles, approximately 30 Mothers of Professional Basketball Players, Inc. (MPBP, INC.) along with several Fathers and other friends and family members gathered on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles to feed over 1000 homeless individuals.
The MPBP, INC mom’s themed the afternoon “Be Our Guests”. Each guest was provided a menu with six different food choices, which featured donated food from local restaurants Brothers BBQ, Colori Kitchen, DD’s Chick and Cat Shack, Harold & Belles and Krispy Krunchy Chicken; food trucks A Beautiful Life and Son of a Bun; pizza provided by Papa Johns and dessert provided by Comfort LA.
Our afternoon was highlighted with music and entertainment by the local community radio station KJLH and members of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation.
The Mom’s set up outdoor cafe style tables, with tablecloths, centerpieces, napkins and silverware and served as waitresses to our guests throughout the course of the afternoon.
Upon departure, all guests were given a backpack filled with water and hygiene products.
The event was an incredible success and moving experience for everyone. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stopped by to talk about the importance of our work in the community.
Homelessness is an epidemic across the United States and is particularly problematic in downtown Los Angeles. The LA Skid Row contains one of the largest stable populations (between 5,000 and 8,000) of homeless people in the United States. We know that through our meal project and backpack giveaway, we helped make the day a little brighter for all those who shared it with us.
We especially thank Comfort LA, a local downtown restaurant that helped us all day, and allowed us to use the empty adjacent lot as our dining area.