Kanye West has teamed up with Chik-fil-A and Los Angeles-based Christian nonprofit Los Angeles Dream Center to provide over 300,000 meals across the city amidst the current global pandemic. According to Fox News, the Jesus Is King rapper and the fast food company partnered with the Dream Center back in March, and have since given out around 11,000 meals everyday to children and families in L.A. — the second largest school district in the country.
“Every morning I wake up and stand in the parking lot with our dedicated staff, I am blown away that day after day, week after week, there is enough food to provide to folks that need it,” Dream Center Co-Founder Matthew Barnett said in a statement.
“The Los Angeles Dream Center has transformed into the Grand Central Station of food distribution and other basic essentials,” he continued. “I’m so grateful that our team has stayed healthy, and that we’ve found a safe way to meet the urgent needs within our community. I can’t say thank you enough to the various donors who’ve made this a reality. This is what a neighborhood, a community and a church should always look like.”
Ye’s generous donations have reportedly allowed the nonprofit to expand their program from drive-thru meals to home delivery for seniors. The Dream Center ramped up their meal donations when the L.A. Unified School District closed for the summer on March 13. Their Echo Park location has since provided food and essential items for local families and kids seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., with their mobile food banks delivering meals to neighborhoods in Watts and Skid Row.
Besides the Dream Center, West also previously donated to his hometown’s We Women Empowered, a nonprofit that’s been delivering meals to the elderly in Southside Chicago amidst the Coronavirus.
“Today when I got that call, that Kanye West wanted to help the elderly in Chicago and he chose his hometown in the Southside, his old neighborhood, I was beyond words,” the organization’s leader Josephine “Mother” Wade told People at the time. “... I was so excited today that I was weak trying to take in what has happened through Mr. West to feed these seniors.”