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Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn on Monday announced a plan to give $300,000 worth of restaurant gift cards to families in need.
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The effort aims to support both small, local restaurants and families who are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"People are hurting," Hahn said in a Monday statement. "Through no fault of their own, people have lost jobs and wages, and small businesses have been shuttered. We designed this program to get food on families’ tables while at the same time supporting restaurants that are struggling right now."
Hahn will distribute $330,000 total, through discretionary funding, among 11 nonprofit organizations who will then buy the restaurant gift cards and give them away to families, according to a blog post.
Hahn’s office allocated $300,000 of the total $330,000 to purchase restaurant gift cards and $30,000 to local nonprofits for their efforts.
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"2020 has been a very difficult year for a lot of families and local businesses," Oscar Hernandez, executive director of Whittier Boys and Girls Club, which is participating in the plan, said in a statement. "Thanks to Supervisor Janice Hahn, the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier will be working with our local school district partners to provide gift cards and vouchers to local restaurants."