Life-preserving guidance provided by the CDC during the COVID-19 pandemic cannot easily be adopted by people experiencing homelessness. Aggravating an already perilous set of circumstances, homeless people are more concerned than ever before about the availability of their next meal. In response, Reaching Out California volunteers prepared 300 sack lunches for distribution at the Midnight Mission on Skid Row in Los Angeles. The night before the lunch bags were to be delivered, 300 paper bags were each set up and filled with a fresh tangerine, a granola bar, and a napkin.
In the early morning hours of April 23, 2020, Reaching Out California volunteers carefully prepared 300 sandwiches filled with turkey and cheese (provolone or Swiss) and seasoned with mayonnaise. Each sandwich was then placed in a paper bag, boxed, and delivered to the Midnight Mission for lunch hour distribution today to the many homeless men and women who rely for their very survival on the generosity, kindness, and services of the personnel at the Midnight Mission.