LA Mission Provides Meals for Homeless

Food and services for homeless people during the holidays

Selina Tang and Mustang Staff

3,000 homeless people on Skid Row were served hot turkey meals in person, the day before Thanksgiving by the Los Angeles Mission. Last year the LA Mission followed Covid protocols and provided to-go Thanksgiving box meals. Mission president and pastor Troy Vaughn, who was once a homeless person himself, stated, “Some 1,500 boxes [of food for five people] went out on Friday [before Thanksgiving] to Watts and Hawaiian Gardens. An additional, 1,200 food boxes were distributed to residents of Skid Row housing on Wednesday morning… the real reason we never stop is because we know each life is precious to God.”

For the 2020 event the LA Mission group produced 3,000 pounds of roasted turkey, 800 pounds of mac and cheese,  2,500 pounds of collard greens with stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, and peach crisps for dessert.

The LA Mission began as a soup kitchen in 1936 where it provided homeless people with three separate meals a day and emergency shelter. Today the LA Mission website reports that thousands of homeless people have graduated from the Mission program and have moved on to productive lives off the streets.