Levy Restaurants & Musically Fed turn up the volume to provide over 22,000 meals
Musically Fed exploring how others can put that surplus to great use
(Los Angeles, CA & Phoenix AZ, Mar.16, 2020)—Despite the panic and chaos
surrounding COVID-19, compassion initiatives prevailed in Los Angeles & Phoenix.
Chiefly, the Staples Center as responsible civic partners understandably closed its
doors in support of social distancing serving the community’s interest. Due to event
cancellations, an abundance of food would otherwise go to waste. Luckily, the
GRAMMY Awards served as a template for the partnership forged between Staples
Center’s Lead Chef, Manny Slomovits, of Levy Restaurants, and Musically Fed resulting
in 1600 meals provided to those in need. Chef Manny and Musically Fed again
combined efforts to assist vulnerable community members who may be otherwise
overlooked in the wake of the coronavirus.
“Chef Manny, Musically Fed’s valued friend & partner, reached out to see about again
mobilizing & distributing the venue’s no longer needed food,” commented Musically
Fed’s CEO, Maria Brunner. “Mitch Katz, Jason Bernstein & I are so proud of what
Manny & his crew pulled off; over 7000 pounds (12 pallets) of food was sorted, packed
and transported (in the rain) to Midnight Mission and the LA Rescue Mission by Chef
Manny and his team. Their hard work and caring ensures approximately 22,000 meals
will be served to those in need over the course of the next two weeks.”
"Thank you to Musically Fed for organizing this generous food donation from Levy
Restaurants and Staples Center during this uncertain time. We are grateful for all our
supporters," said Midnight Mission’s Andrew Linares. Midnight Mission serves 500-1000
people per day.
Musically Fed, rooted in Phoenix has made a meaningful impact feeding homeless and
veterans. Over for the last 5 years they have distributed thousands of pounds of food,
resulting in tens of thousands of meals for the hungry. As a consequence of COVID-19,
in the last few days, nearly 1000 meals will be served at Resurrection Ministry, Faith
House and The MANA House, thanks in large part to Talking Stick Arena, Levy
Restaurants & AZ Catering. Former AZ Catering owner and Musically Fed Board
Member, Mitch Katz, brought his valuable experience, knowledge and contacts to bring
these amazing contributions to fruition.
“Catholic Charities services to vulnerable populations is enhanced by partnering with
groups like Musically Fed,” said Tami Bohannon, VP of Philanthropy, Catholic Charities
Community Services. “The amazing food provided to MANA House residents is a treat
for our veterans and helps stretch our budget. We are thankful to all parties for their
generosity and leadership ensuring that food isn’t wasted and the hungry are fed.”
“Collaborating with Musically Fed, Resurrection Ministry provided over 800 nutritional
meals to Veteran Homes, Veteran Service Organizations, Seniors in Crisis, a Women’s
Shelter Home and Homeless Individuals in need,” said, Bill Berry of Resurrection
Ministry. “We look forward to working with Musically Fed to continue to help our
community and broaden our friendships.”
COVID-19 presents both new challenges and opportunities. Social distancing and
quarantine protocols understandably impact vulnerable members more acutely. Those
looking to distribute excess food can contact Musically Fed for assistance with logistics
in getting items to those in great need. Please contact Musically Fed at
email@example.com or 480-951-1882.
To Donate to Musically Fed: www.musicallyfed.org
Musically Fed is a nonprofit that works with artists, promoters, management, and
venues nationwide to donate unused, backstage meals to community organizations
comprised of at least 50% veterans and focus on feeding the homeless, hungry, and
food insecure. We work to mobilize the music industry in the fight against hunger and
identify opportunities, procure the resources, and coordinate all aspects of food
handling, transport, and distribution. Our goal is to make it easy for promoters and
performers to leave each city they visit with a lasting, positive impact.
Musically Fed receives no government funds and exists because of individual and
corporate donations. Those passionate about ending hunger can contribute to this life
saving work at www.musicallyfed.org.
Contact: Andrea Kramer - 602-617-8640 | firstname.lastname@example.org