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.
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.
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:
We appreciate any monetary donations to our food pantry during this trying time so we can continue providing resources to 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.
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:
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:
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:
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.
Also, there is much that you can do to lend a hand to small businesses who are struggling during this unprecedented time.
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.
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.
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.