UCLA Meals Partnership Program
In collaboration with Village for Vets and the VA West Los Angeles (VA-WLA) Care and Rehabilitation Treatment Services (CTRS), the UCLA Meals Partnership Program (UMPP) uses the extra capacity of UCLA’s Housing & Hospitality (H&H) Dining Services to prepare and deliver nutritious and sustainable meals to homeless veterans on the VA-WLA. To decrease hunger and improve access to healthy food, UMPP will provide daily meals to food insecure veterans. This BWF grant will allow the UCLA Meals Partnership Program to provide: meals to the VA-WLA Care Treatment Rehabilitative Service tent camp, which is part of VA-WLA’s response to help keep homeless Veterans safe during the COVID-19 pandemic; nightly dinners to Safe Parking LA’s VA-WLA lot, a safe place for Veterans who live in their vehicles to park overnight; and sack lunches to locations across the VA-WLA campus. In total, this program will reach 10,000 homeless and food insecure veterans and provide over 54,000 meals.