Lakers Team Up at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers assembled food boxes at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank in their second Lakers Team Up event of the preseason, part of the NBA Cares Week of Service. Ron Artest, Derrick Caracter, and the Laker Girls were not the only members of the Lakers family to get involved in the volunteer event; they were joined by Lakers office staff and approximately 100 Lakers season seat holders! Lakers Team Up events are designed to encourage Los Angeles residents of all ages to volunteer in their community and engage in service projects. The afternoon at the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank was a perfect demonstration of how many people, giving a little, can make a big impact.
The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank’s 96,000 square foot facility is part warehouse and part assembly line. Food comes to the Foodbank from Unites States Department of Agriculture and private donation. It is then stored, boxed and shipped to a network of 580 charitable agencies, where it is distributed to the needy at over 1,000 sites throughout Los Angeles County. The Lakers volunteers worked on the food box assembly line, taking large pallets of donated food and packaging it into smaller boxes that can be given to individual households. The process was a clinic in teamwork, with everyone playing their role in a way that would have made coach Phil Jackson smile. The Laker Girls and Lakers season seat holders provided the muscle, stuffing each food box with essentials: cereal, rice, apple juice, evaporated milk, canned vegetables, peanut butter, and beef stew. As they worked, the staff of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank replenished their stacks of supplies, and stored the assembled food boxes. For their part, Ron Artest and Derrick Caracter visited the volunteers, giving them words of encouragement and pausing to take pictures. By the end of the afternoon, the Lakers volunteers had assembled over 1,800 food boxes which will be distributed to needy seniors throughout Los Angeles County.
During NBA Cares Week of service, NBA teams and players hosted a variety of hands-on service events in a continued effort to give back to children, families, and the community and to increase fan awareness about the importance of service.
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