For the safety of our staff, clients, residents, and other volunteers, please make sure you follow these guidelines before volunteering:
Volunteers will be called upon to help deliver much needed food and supplies to seniors and families in our community. You may be delivering supplies from our food pantry and/or hot meals from local restaurants.
(The Little Tokyo Eats Program is a partnership with LTSC, LTCC and Keiro)
If you don’t meet the requirements, or volunteering is outside your capacity, please consider giving a monetary donation to our food pantry during this trying time so we can continue providing resources to those in need:
Many seniors live alone, and with the Safer-at-Home public order, they are strongly encouraged to stay inside. This leads to many problems, like social isolation, but most importantly – access to food. This program intends to improve the quality of life of our low-income seniors by providing affordable, nutritious and culturally familiar meals.
At the same time, restaurant owners are adapting to takeout and delivery options in order to remain open. Many of our Little Tokyo businesses are struggling to make it through this tough time. We are ordering meals from participating 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.
As a volunteer, you will help deliver food for our food pantry or our Little Tokyo Eats program. Please adhere to the health precautions outlined above.
Food Pantry: You will be dispatched to one of LTSC’s affordable housing buildings to complete a “no-contact” delivery of food pantry items to our families and seniors in need.
Little Tokyo Eats: You will be dispatched to one of Little Tokyo’s affordable housing buildings where seniors live (Casa Heiwa, Little Tokyo Towers, Miyako Gardens, Far East Building and San Pedro Firm Building). There you will meet the restaurant workers when they deliver the food to the building. Then you will be making a “no-contact delivery” to senior residents‘ individual units. Some volunteers may be asked to go to the restaurant to help with packaging and bagging food to prepare for delivery.
You will be contacted by the Volunteer Coordinator who will let you know on what day you are needed. As of now, restaurant meals are delivered to seniors on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. When asked to volunteer, please report to the Volunteer Area at LTSC by 3 p.m.
No, you will generally be assigned to a team (per delivery building) with a Lead that will direct, assist and support you.
You should plan to park at LTSC in the Casa Heiwa building, 231 E Third Street, LA. Please use the kiosk in the driveway to dial our receptionist, who will buzz you into the garage.
All of the restaurants and senior buildings are within walking distance from Casa Heiwa.
If you’re able, please bring your own mask, gloves, hand sanitizer, etc. If you don’t have these things, LTSC will provide them the first time you volunteer. You will be outdoors for a short period of time as you go from LTSC to your designated senior building, and back. Please practice social distancing while walking, even among volunteers and staff.
If you have any other questions, please contact:
Ikuko Ashihara: iashihara@LTSC.org
Mike Murase: mmurase@LTSC.org (310-710-2520)
Margaret Shimada: mshimada@LTSC.org
Thank you SO MUCH for volunteering to help others at a difficult time. We have a proud tradition in Little Tokyo of caring for each other, and you are adding to that tradition!