Rams continue to be winners in the community
September 17, 2020
By Steve Finley Sports Editor and David May
It's hard to be consistent on the field or court but the Rams have been consistently good in the communities around Los Angeles since they came back to Southern California five years ago. Last week they proved once again giving is better than receiving.
Last week the Rams teamed up with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to distribute food to over 4,000 families in the Inglewood area. The drive through food distribution at the Rams and Chargers new SoFi Stadium was a tremendous success.
"We have been holding these drive through distributions since the pandemic hit throughout the Los Angeles County," said Food Bank President and CEO Michael Floor last week in front of the $5 Billion SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. "The Food Bank has been in partnership with the Rams since they came back to town."
The Food Bank has been around since 1973 but the drive through programs started in March because of the increase in unemployment and other problems created by the pandemic. "Families can just dive through, stop and pop their trunks open and the volunteers can put 80 pounds of food in their trunks," said Flood. "It's safe from a public health stand point. There's a lot of need out there. Our distributions have more than doubled since the pandemic hit. Fortunately we have been able to get the food donated. "
Over 100 volunteers from the Rams front office staff helped with the distributions. Also helping out were the Rams cheerleaders and their mascot, Rampage.
Last April the Food Bank gave food to 7,600 families at the Forum in Inglewood. The Food Bank is scheduling additional drive through distributions throughout Los Angeles County. In a typical month before the pandemic, the Food bank has provided food to 300,000 adults, seniors and children through their partner agency network and Food Bank direct distribution programs. Because of the coronavirus the number of people served has increased to more than 900,000 in one month. "We know the need is so great out there," said Floor.