Photo: Venice Family Clinic Celebrates 50 Years On The Westside

Nicole Charky
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VENICE, CA — Venice Family Clinic is known for helping people in the community and received recognition from Los Angeles City Council during its 50-year celebration on the Westside in October.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Mike Bonin recognized the nonprofit and thanked Venice Family Clinic for their commitment to community health and service. LA City Council even dubbed Venice Family Clinic Week Oct. 11-17.

Venice Family Clinic hosted a Week of Action in October that encouraged the community to come together with acts of service and kindness to help those in need. The virtual party and fundraiser started with Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton the South Bay Children's Choir. Jason Alexander, Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Mandy Moore, Ray Romano, Anjelica Huston, Chris Sullivan, Norman Lear and Molly Shannon also helped raise funds for the important community work.

Clinic volunteers have provided increased food donations throughout the pandemic and feeding thousands across Los Angeles County.

In August, the nonprofit expanded its food distribution operations at its Culver City site, increasing the operation from serving 200 to serving now 1,500 people. That is just one location among several across the Westside.

The fight against food insecurity is not over yet. Volunteers are still needed to keep helping the community in the wake of the pandemic that has left many without jobs and income.

In Santa Monica at 2509 Pico Blvd. on Tuesdays, families can access fresh food daily at a food bank in partnership with UCLA culinary staff. Families can receive meals for the week, which includes hot meal entrees, bread and more.

"The goal is up to 1,000 (people) every day," Vanessa Fernandez said. "It's something we're piloting and it's working."

To learn more about services, resources, volunteering with Venice Family Clinic or how to join the effort to fight food insecurity, visit the website.

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This article originally appeared on the Venice-Mar Vista Patch