COVID-19 Information

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As the circumstances around coronavirus and COVID-19 continue to unfold, we’re moving quickly to make the necessary changes to Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC). We won’t change our commitment to the health and well-being of the community we serve, as well as our staff and volunteers.

As we collectively face the uncharted territory of this worldwide public health crisis, here are some of the latest updates on how LTSC is helping others and how you can help in these challenging times.

Read our statement about the pandemic 

How to Help LTSC

One of the many services LTSC provides is a food pantry to support the dietary preferences of our clients. Generally, mainstream food pantries do not offer foods familiar to many LTSC clients, especially the senior Asian population. Not only do we provide food to seniors but also low-income families in our buildings, which including many Latinx, Japanese, Korean and Asian Pacific Islanders. LTSC’s food pantry fills this need in our community by stocking personal hygiene products and non-perishable, easy to prepare food items, such as rice, dried noodles, beans, seaweed, soy sauce, sesame oil, teas, snacks and other ethnic or non-ethnic foods.

Starting on April 6th, we launched our Little Tokyo Eats program! Three times a week, we deliver meals to seniors in Little Tokyo and the immediate Downtown area. We are ordering meals from Little Tokyo restaurants (at full price) to support our local businesses. Our generous partner, Keiro, is subsidizing meals for our seniors, so their out-of-pocket cost is only about $3 per meal.

Click here to view coverage of the Little Tokyo Eats program by Japan Hollywood Network!

We are looking for volunteers to help deliver food and supplies to seniors in our community. If you are over the age of 18 yet under 65 and not exhibiting any symptoms of illness:

Sign up to Volunteer!

We appreciate any monetary donations to our food pantry during this trying time so we can continue providing resources to those in need.

Food Pantry Donation

COVID-19 Relief Fund Donation

General LTSC Donation

How LTSC is Helping Those In Need

LTSC assists people in Little Tokyo and the broader Southern California community. The social services department will continue to provide services to people in need. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are making the following changes:
Please call (213) 473-3035 to contact Social Services directly.

  • To ensure the safety of our staff and clients, we are no longer accepting walk-in appointments.
  • We will provide services by phone, with follow-up by email and mail as necessary.
  • Support groups, workshops and community presentations have been canceled.
  • Far East Lounge is temporarily closed and classes are canceled until further notice.

Information for our Residents

LTSC provides affordable housing and resident services for families and individuals. LTSC Resident Services staff will continue to support the residents in our buildings and people in need in the surrounding areas. We are making the following adjustments in our services:

  • All youth programming will be temporarily suspended until further notice.
  • Previously scheduled workshops and events will be postponed to a later date. Tax preparation services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will be conducted by appointment only while virtual drop off is available.
  • Assistance to complete the Census 2020 survey will be provided by appointment only.
  • Walk-in appointments are currently not being accepted and in-person appointments will be made only if necessary.
  • Families and individuals in need of assistance are encouraged to contact Resident Services staff via phone or email:
    • Nancy Alcaraz (213) 473-1626, nalcaraz@ltsc.org
    • Gilda Hernandez (213) 473-3024, ghernandez@ltsc.org

Childcare and Early Childhood Development

LTSC’s Angelina Preschool and Family Child Care Providers are still open and enrolling. Our child development programs are operating under current CDC guidelines with limited group size, increased sanitation protocols, and more.

For more information on how to enroll, visit our website or contact:

      • Nicole Lopez (213) 473-1699, NLopez@LTSC.org

Angelina Preschool is now a “grab-and-go” meal site! Families of Angelina Preschool students can stop by the preschool every weekday to pick up breakfast, a bagged lunch and a snack for their student. The parent/guardian/family member picking up the food for the student must be an emergency pickup contact on file for the child.

For more information on “grab-and-go” meals, contact:

      • Adriana Perez at (213) 481-0227

Small Business COVID-19 Resource Guide

There is a lot of information out there regarding what small businesses can do in the midst of COVID-19. Our Small Business Assistance program has done its best to organize the available info into one document.

See our Small Business Resource Guide

Also, there is much that you can do to lend a hand to small businesses who are struggling during this unprecedented time.

  • Follow your favorite Little Tokyo businesses on social media and order food from those who have delivery and online sales capacity.
  • Encourage friends and family to purchase early holiday and birthday gifts in the form of gift cards from your favorite Little Tokyo establishments.
  • Write a blog post on your website or social media about your love for small businesses.
  • Leave reviews for your favorite small businesses.

Click here to read about LTSC’s Small Business work in the LA Times!

Ways to Advocate for Those in Need

We ask our community to CALL their Los Angeles City Council member TODAY and ask that they adopt the Healthy LA platform.  Everyone’s well-being and our shared public health depend on everyone having housing, access to healthcare along with job and food security.

Learn about the Healthy LA Coalition 

  • Councilmember Gil Cedillo, CD 1 – (213) 473-7001; gilbert.cedillo@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Paul Krekorian, CD 2 – (213) 473.7002; councilmember.krekorian@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, CD 3 – (213) 473-7003; councilmember.blumenfield@lacity.org
  • Councilmember David Ryu, CD 4 – (213) 473-7004; david.ryu@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Paul Koretz, CD 5 – (213) 473-7004; paul.koretz@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Nury Martinez, CD 6 – (213) 473-7006; councilmember.Martinez@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, CD 7 – (213) 473-7007; couniclmember.rodriguez@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, CD 8 – (213) 473-7008; councilmember.harris-dawson@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Curren Price, CD 9 – (213) 473-7009; councilmember.price@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Herb Wesson, CD 10 -(213) 473-7010; councilmember.wesson@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Mike Bonin, CD 11 – (213) 473-7011; councilmember.bonin@lacity.org
  • Councilmember John Lee, CD 12 – (213) 473-7012; councilmember.lee@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, CD 13 – (213) 473-7013; councilmember.ofarrell@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Jose Huizar, CD 14 – (213) 473-7014; councilmember.huizar@lacity.org
  • Councilmember Joe Buscaino, CD 15 – (213) 473-7015; councilmember.buscaino@lacity.org

Government Information and Resources

In a fluid situation that changes every day, we will strive to keep you informed of any changes in our services or programs. In the meantime please visit these resources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19.

Press and Media

Thank You to Our Supporters and Donors

Little Tokyo Service Center would like to thank the foundations, corporations, organizations and individuals that are supporting our services addressing the COVIID-19 crisis. We are humbled by your generosity and willingness to help those in need.

    

 

   

 

  • Agnes Hirai
  • Aileen Nishimura
  • Akemi Arakaki and Takao Suzuki
  • Alan and Yvonne Nishio
  • Alan Hino
  • Alayne Yonemoto
  • Alina Nakano
  • Alison Fukushima
  • Allison Takido
  • Allison Yasukawa
  • Andrew Stranahan
  • Anonymous
  • Ayaka Nakaji
  • Barbara Kim and Derek Li
  • Barton Brands
  • Bernice Chu
  • Billy Wing
  • Brenton Inouye
  • Brianne Shishido
  • Brian Niiya and Karen Umemoto
  • Brienne Arroyo
  • Bruce Kawazoye
  • Bryan Hino
  • California Community Foundation
  • Carolyn Iga
  • Christine Lee and Denny Huang
  • Christopher Ono
  • Christy Sakamoto
  • Claire Kitayama
  • Clara Chiu
  • Community Power Fund of the Women’s Foundation California
  • Cory Hayashi
  • Cure Apparel, LLC
  • Cynthia Bartok
  • Danny Pampel
  • Dave and Terri Mitani and Family
  • David and Donna Uyehara
  • Dawn Omori
  • Dennis Arguelles
  • Dennis Kobata and Jan Tokumaru
  • Derek Miranda
  • Diana Zheng
  • Dick and Pauline Kaku
  • Duane and Joy Hirayama
  • Edna Ikeda Horiuchi
  • Edwin Takahashi
  • Elizabeth Bigelow
  • Ellen Morgan
  • Emiko Selapack
  • Emily Hertzberg
  • Emily Okada
  • Enrique Quintero
  • Erich Nakano and Sandra Viera
  • Erin Fukushima
  • Eri Yamagata
  • Eugene and Teresa Eng
  • Gabrielle Civil
  • Garth Setoguchi
  • Gavin Tachibana
  • Gene and Vickie Kanamori
  • George Takei
  • Glenn and Donna Sanada
  • Grateful Crane Ensemble
  • Hisako (Betty) Imamura
  • Hollie Lee
  • Hope Fang
  • Hyunmi An
  • Jaclyn Matsuura
  • JA Community Foundation
  • Jan Fukuhara Dyck
  • Janice Osumi
  • Janice Tarumoto
  • Janke Family
  • Jean and Karl Kawakami
  • Jedsen Shiraki
  • Jeff and Reina Schaffer
  • Jeff Yonemura
  • Jennifer Fukunaga
  • Jennifer Sato
  • Jennifer Sato-Veloz
  • Jeri Okamoto-Tanaka
  • JiST Cafe
  • Joanne Kakuda
  • Joan Stonehouse
  • John and Shirley Nakaki
  • Joyce Nakashima
  • Joy Middo
  • JSL Foods
  • Judy Matsuzaki
  • Julia Shannon
  • Kang Dream Foundation
  • Karen Fukushima
  • Karen Yamamoto
  • Kat Hirayanagi
  • Kathleen Thurn
  • Kathryn Shinto
  • Kathy and Mark Masaoka
  • Kathy Pham
  • Kay and Nancy Oda
  • Keiko Kubo
  • Keiro
  • Kelleen Kikuchi
  • Kelley Lou
  • Kelly Hayashi
  • Kelly Takasu
  • kelsey iino
  • Kevin Endow
  • Kevin Oyama
  • Kimberly Kandel
  • Kimi Maru
  • Kira Teshima Conlon
  • Kirin Ichiban
  • Kirsten Grimm
  • Kris, Nick, Brent Kishi Federisy
  • Kris Mukai
  • krista marie yu
  • Kyoko Bristow
  • Larry Katata
  • Liem Hua
  • Lilan Bowden
  • Linda Fukunaga
  • Linda Okamura
  • Loreen Fujinami
  • Makoto Yamaguchi
  • Margaret Narumi
  • Maria Gao
  • Marie Umeda
  • Mariko Motoyama
  • Mari Nakano
  • Marisa Calice
  • Mark and Vivien Usui
  • Marsha and Gary Watanabe
  • Martin and Karen Tachiki
  • Masaki Ikebe
  • Masao and Peggy Kushigemachi
  • Maya Tuttle
  • May Iosotaluno
  • Mayumi Thrasher
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Melanie Morimoto
  • Michael Yap and Susan Moon Fund
  • Midori Dekura
  • Mikako and Ali Amini
  • Mike Okamura
  • Mikiko Haga
  • Mirei and Takumi Kagawa
  • Mission Tortillas
  • MUFG Union Bank
  • Myrna Ling
  • Nagako Sakamoto
  • Nancy Okubo
  • Naoko Ikeda
  • Natasha Suzuki
  • NeighborWorks
  • Nicole Murph
  • Nikki and Dylan Sutton
  • Noelle Ito
  • Oliver Lee
  • Pamela Sekiguchi
  • Paul and Ruth Kadota
  • Peggy Hara
  • Rachel Michiko Whitney
  • Red Shell Foods
  • Remy De La Peza
  • Revolutionario Tacos
  • Richard and Kazuyo Onaha
  • Richard and Lynn Yoshizumi
  • Richard Kikuchi
  • Robert Salinas
  • Robia Pautler
  • Rod Nakamoto
  • Ron Baca
  • Ryan Sakamoto
  • Sakura Kokumai
  • Samantha de Castro
  • Sandra Kealalio
  • Santa Monica Nikkei Hall Fund
  • Sharon Shin
  • Sissy Trinh
  • Sonya Bishop
  • Stacey Suzuki
  • Stacie Taniguchi
  • Staci Toji
  • Stefanie Lau
  • Stephanie Chen
  • Susan Iida
  • Susan Kadota
  • Susan Maki
  • Ted Akahori
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • The Eisner Foundation
  • The Umami Fund/Daniel Blinkoff and Tamlyn Tomita
  • Todd Odagawa
  • Tory Shiroma
  • Upper Crust Enterprises, Inc.
  • Vincent Huang
  • Vivienne Lee
  • Wells Fargo
  • Westmont Corporation
  • William Ota
  • Yakult
  • Yoko Hozumi
  • Yoko Koyama
  • Yuhi Matsushita
  • Yukio and Lilian Kawaratani