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Venue Cancellations Open Hearts

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 or 480-951-1882.

To Donate to Musically Fed:

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

Contact: Andrea Kramer - 602-617-8640 |

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