Join Us for Community Dinner

Where we Serve Dinner During the Week & On Weekends

Monday thru Friday:

We serve dinner on The Salvation Army Hollywood Campus at 5939 Hollywood Blvd. from 6:30pm-8:00pm

Saturday and Sunday:

We serve dinner at the corner of Orange and Romaine (1 block south of Santa Monica Blvd and 2 blocks east of La Brea Ave.)  from 6:30pm-7:40pm.

Our Community Dinner is Served Every Night, 365 Days a Year, Rain or Shine, Without Fail

The Hollywood Food Coalition Community Dinner is our signature, longest-running program. We serve nightly to anyone in need of a hot, nutritious meal. Our consistency builds trust with our clients in a way they often don’t find with other agencies.

Here’s why it works.

Every single day, community volunteers join us to turn compassion into action. They help us cook casseroles, salads and soups, and then serve these warm, delicious meals to our guests. Our volunteers are integral to the success of our nightly Community Dinner, and their continued support has sustained our work and our mission since 1987.

We Make Delicious Meals with Rescued Food

We transform thousands of pounds of high-quality rescued food into beautiful and tasty meals.

Here’s how we do it.

We often don’t know what we will be making until we see what food arrives on any given day. Once we see what we have, the creative food-making adventure begins.

We roast and prepare tasty meat, vegetarian and vegan casseroles. We spice up pastas, rice and lentils. We make leafy green salads. Whatever fruit we have that day becomes a colorful fruit salad. The bread is sliced for making sandwiches, and we always include individually wrapped desserts  from some of the best bakeries in town.

Welcoming our Guests & Serving Meals

From 6:30-8:00 pm every night, we welcome guests without knowing in advance how many people will join us. We have never turned anyone away and there has always been enough food for everyone who needs it.

Our volunteers help to make each of our guests feel welcome, comfortable and cared about. We greet everyone who shows up and we take the time to learn their names.  If no one has spoken kindly to any of our guests that day, we see that as our job. We remind them that no matter what their current circumstances are, they are valuable people.

Many nights, volunteers distribute clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, lanterns, hygiene kits and other items that are critical to surviving when living outside.

During our Community Dinner, we provide referrals to other social services, answer questions about how to navigate accessing care and share information about our other programs.

Our Community Dinner During COVID

Attending Our Community Dinner During COVID
COVID Protocols for Guests:

  • To ensure the well-being of our guests and volunteers during COVID guests are following COVID safety protocols.
  • We are now offering to-go meals during the COVID pandemic rather than a sit-down dinner.
  • We distribute to and require wearing of masks by all guests each night.
  • We require everyone to socially distance.
  • We distribute our to-go meals quickly to avoid having people congregate.
  • We offer hand sanitizer to each guest as they arrive

Volunteering for Our Community Dinner During COVID
COVID Protocols for Volunteers:

  • To ensure the well-being of our guests and volunteers during COVID volunteers are following COVID safety protocols.
  • Each shift has limited volunteers: We only allow 4-5 volunteers for meal preparation and 6-8 volunteers for our meal service.
  • All volunteers must sign in and have their temperature taken. They are required to wear a mask, gloves and disposable aprons, which we provide. Regular kitchen protocols require hair to be pulled back, head coverings (hats) and closed toed shoes.
  • We do not allow volunteers with any flu like symptoms to come to the kitchen. If you are not feeling your best, please let us know and stay home until you feel better and get tested to confirm you are negative for COVID.
  • Volunteers who test positive for COVID within 4 days of volunteering with us must notify us immediately to enable us to inform staff and volunteers who were in the kitchen during the same time.
  • Link to SUG with more COVID-19 protocols