With the unemployment rate in Los Angeles County rising due to the Corona-virus pandemic many are struggling to make ends meet.
In order to help during the holidays The Center Long Beach partnered with The Auld Dubliner restaurant to offer contactless pickup of free, ready to heat meals.
On Christmas Day volunteers gave out free, prepared, ready to heat meals created by Long Beach Irish Pub and Restaurant, The Auld Dubliner. Contactless pickup was available at The Center, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or while supplies lasted. The meal included tomato bisque soup, Shepherd’s Pie, the traditional Irish potato pancake Boxty, and bread pudding. A vegan option was also available.
“The Center has seen an increased demand for foods and support especially from seniors due to Covid-19,” said Andrew Dorado, interim executive director of the LGBTQ Center Long Beach. The Center has distributed holiday meals for years as well as hosted an in-person Christmas Day lunch.
For Thanksgiving, Hannukah and Christmas, The Center has delivered holiday meals, poinsettias, and goodie bags to individual seniors in the Long Beach area as well as to residents of Glen Park Healthy Living, an assisted living facility downtown.
The LGBTQ Center Long Beach supports more than 25,000 people a year through programs including youth services, senior services, counseling, legal services, domestic violence support, trans health programs, HIV and STI testing, and more than 20 weekly support groups.
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