In 1987, we answered a call to action from the City of West Hollywood to help unhoused people in need and decided to offer a simple meal every single day.
We began by offering sandwiches on a street corner and grew into a nightly Community Dinner for anyone in need.
The need was so pressing that we quickly transitioned from a simple cold meal to a complete, hot nutritious meal. We began to serve soup, casseroles, green salads, fresh fruit, bread, dessert, sandwiches, and beverages. In our early days, we rented a small kitchen and trucked the meals to our nearby sidewalk service location at the corner of North Sycamore Avenue and Romaine Street.
For the first two decades, we served an average of 70 people each night. That number jumped in 2008 and continued to grow steadily. In 2020, we served an average of about 200 meals each night.