The Rev. Luis Espinoza and St. Agnes Catholic Church have been helping fight food insecurity in the West Adams district for decades.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the church was feeding about 50 local families facing financial hardship, providing each with groceries. The care packages included dairy, fresh produce and dry goods to feed a family for six to 10 days.
When the coronavirus hit, the need grew dramatically. Residents of the neighborhood were hit hard: Many work in the service industry where jobs were lost or hours greatly reduced. With more families seeking groceries, the parish’s already strong partnership with USC — its school is part of the USC Family of Schools — grew further.