West Hollywood Employees Say Thanks to the Community They Serve

West Hollywood Municipal Employees (AFSCME Local 3339) made a generous $5,000 donation to the SOVA Food Pantry last week – a community food bank whose employees are coincidentally also represented by AFSCME (Local 800/Jewish Social Service and Communal workers). The donation was presented to Fred Summers, SOVA’s Senior Director, as part of the West Hollywood Local’s #WeHoMEGivesBack initiative, which expresses gratitude to a community that has been very supportive of municipal employees, according to Gloria Aviles, the President of the West Hollywood AFSCME Local, which represents 162 workers.

“All of our members are grateful for the support and kindness that the residents and business owners of West Hollywood have given us,” she said. “This year, we chose SOVA, as we know about the great job they do to meet the basic nutritional needs of our community.” 

“Every day, hundreds of local residents suffer food insecurity, and many go without any food,” said Jeff Book, Vice President of WeHoME, as the union calls itself. “SOVA provides a critical resource to help the community address this need.”  

SOVA, a program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, provides free groceries and an array of supportive services to over 9,000 people of all ages, ethnicities and religions each month. SOVA operates two comprehensive service centers in the Los Angeles area that provide free nutritious food to nourish families and seniors and help children perform better in school.