Join FEAST on May 2 for “A Night in with FEAST,” with Chefs and Friends to Raise Funds Providing Meals, Food Education, and Nutrition Programs
Virtual Cook-along with Recipes and Live Demos by Julia Sherman, Aliya LeeKong, Behzad Jamshidi, Dakota Weiss, Keri Glassman and more
Los Angeles, CA (April 27, 2020) – FEAST, the nonprofit organization devoted to promoting health and wellness in under-resourced neighborhoods and communities through the power of healthy foods and human connection, will host their first-ever Instagram Live cook-along called “A Night in with FEAST” on Saturday, May 2, starting at 4 p.m. PDT/7 p.m. EDT. In lieu of their annual fundraiser, FEAST’s virtual cook-along for good will feature five chefs and wellness experts preparing recipes for viewers at home.
The goal of “A Night In with FEAST” is to raise funds to continue their work with educational programming and food access as the demand for services has since increased as a direct result of COVID-19. Families living in poverty are struggling now more than ever to meet their basic needs including affordable and nutritious food. FEAST hopes to raise funds that will provide more than 20,000 lbs. of produce, $25,000 worth of food scholarships, and thousands of meals to families facing food insecurity in the coming months in Los Angeles, New York City, and beyond.
Viewers can follow along on Instagram at the hashtag #FEASTNightIn and through the following social handles.
The evening’s cookalong will go “live” as follows (PDT):
4:00 p.m. – Redbird’s Bar Director Tobin Shea will kick-off the night with a Simple Vodka cocktail on @redbirdla
4:15 p.m. – Chef & Food Activist Tom Colicchio will give a special toast on @tomcolicchio
4:30 p.m. – another round of drinks with Olipop
4:45 p.m. – mocktails with Dietician and Founder of “Nutritious Life” Keri Glassman on @keriglassman
5:00 p.m. – Chief Culinary Officer Real Eats Food and TV Personality Aliya LeeKong will demo an Ethiopian-style carrot tartare appetizer on @aliyaleekong
5:15 p.m. – Salad for President Cookbook Author Julia Sherman will make a tasty salad on @saladforpresident
5:30 p.m. – Moosh Chef & Founder Behzad Jamshidi will demo a Mediterreanean Orzo entree on @behzj
6:00 p.m. – Head Chef of Sweetfin Dakota Weiss shows us how to make a Poke Bowl on @dakotalovesbonemarrow
6:30 p.m. – FEAST’s own Dana Rizer will end the evening on a sweet note with her Choco-coco Peanut Butter “Milkshake”
Executive Director & Chief Food Enthusiast Dana Rizer says, “A simple donation of $20 can help feed a family of four. That’s why I’m really excited about this cast of chefs and wellness experts who will help us spread the word and continue our mission of empowering and educating through food.”
Supporters can donate by visiting feastforall.org/nightin/ to receive FEAST’s digital cookbook featuring the chefs’ recipes like Julia Sherman’s Red Cabbage with Pomegranate Molasses, Walnuts and Mint; Behzad Jamshidi’s Mediterranean Orzo; Egyptian Carrot Tartar from Aliya LeeKong; that will be highlighted during “A Night in with FEAST” allowing the viewer to follow along at home and emphasize one of FEAST’s core principals, education.
Additionally, there will be a virtual marketplace where a portion of sales from partners will go towards FEAST: Atelier Saucier will donate 10% from all sales of their Les Combos table linen sets; Sweetfin will donate 10% of sales from their Santa Monica and Silver Lake locations on May 2; Simple Vodka is donating $4 for from every bottle purchased with an additional 20% off with coupon code ‘FEAST 20’; and Califia Farms is providing a 25% discount off your entire order with FEAST.
Donations can be made by visiting feastforall.org/nightin/ or text the word FEAST to 707070. Donations will be matched by a generous FEAST donor, dollar for dollar, up to $10,000.
“FEAST (Food, Education, Access, Support, Together) is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting wellness and enriching lives through the power of healthy food and human connection, serving families in need in Los Angeles and NYC. In response to the new and increasing needs in our communities as a result of COVID-19, FEAST is focusing its efforts on increasing Food Access through deliveries of fresh produce and prepared meals to families in poverty throughout LA, and by providing food scholarships to families enrolled in FEAST programs nationwide. FEAST needs help to provide more than 20,000 lbs. of produce and $25,000 worth of food scholarships and thousands of meals to families in the coming months.” – www.feastforall.org I @feast_for_all I #FEASTNightIn
More than ever, we are communicating online—via Zoom, Skype, Viber, even FaceTime. While reality is a good thing, it can always be improved upon. We reached out to legendary Los Angeles photographer John Skalicky for some tips on how to make ourselves look better in the time of lockdown.
, a meal delivery service for families (and amazingly great for children) has been among some of the key providers in Southern California. As our time sheltering in place is extended, families are facing the challenge of how to provide balanced meals, due to sold out delivery slots and limited grocery options. It is here, where Nurture Life answers the question: “But what if we didn’t have to sacrifice balanced meals for convenience, especially now?”
An alternative to grocery stores, Nurture Life is a DTC meal service that works hand in hand with RD’s and chefs to meet the nutritional requirements for kids at every stage. Fresh, never frozen, veggie-forward meals, Nurture Life has a variety of seriously healthy dishes for babies (10months – 24 months), toddlers (1-4 years), Kids (5-10 years), Kids (11-18 years) and even family meals! No gimmicks, no antibiotics and shipping US-wide, Nurture Life’s passion is to raise the standard for nutrition in America – so you know you can trust these dishes will be as thoughtful of your family’s nutrition as you would be. Since Nurture Life knows this is a stressful time, they are currently offering 25% off the first two orders, with the code BESTKIDSMEALS, to help ease any burden, in addition to giveback efforts like Hard Working Heroes.
Words From The Co-Founder, Jennifer Chow
“Today’s parents are busier than ever but don’t want to compromise when it comes to feeding their children. We created Nurture Life to help parents feed their families fresh, nutritionally balanced meals focused on organic produce, antibiotic free meats and whole grains, without having to do all the planning, shopping, prepping and cooking themselves. With Nurture Life, we also set out to tackle one of our country’s biggest challenges – the way our children eat. If we can teach our children that vegetables, whole grains and a variety of proteins are normal and delicious at the beginning of their eating journey, we can set them up for increased food acceptance which encourages healthy eating for the rest of their lives.”
2020 got you down? JuneShine has you covered!
JuneShine — the leading hard kombucha — is calling all Californians to add a little shine to their day, and for the first time ever, the brand is officially available direct-to-consumer in the State of California. This better-for-you beverage is perfect for your virtual happy hour, a backyard hangout with your roommates or a simple movie night on the couch.
Ordering is quick and easy, with JuneShine letting customers visit www.juneshine.com to pick their favorite flavors (now available in 12-packs and 24-packs). If you’re feeling indecisive, try out the new “Sampler 24-Pack,” which includes a 6-pack of each of the best selling flavors. Shipping is only $4.99 with next day delivery, and subscriptions come with free shipping. In addition to all this goodness, JuneShine is also offering 2-hour delivery in San Diego and Los Angeles.
Now more than ever, it’s important for Californians to support small businesses native to our home state. Founded in San Diego, JuneShine is rooted in California culture and on a mission to create honest alcohol for a healthier planet. That’s why their booch is organic, gluten-free, probiotic, non-GMO, and contains antioxidants and vitamins — at 6% ABV! And, to give back to the community, JuneShine is donating $1 from every order to the US Bartenders Guild Emergency Assistance Program to help service industry workers who have supported local businesses, like JuneShine, from the beginning. Right now new customers can get 30% off all subscriptions with code TRYJUNESHINE. You can learn more here: https://juneshine.com/collections/ca_home_delivery
Photo courtesy of Neomed Institute of Wellness and Rehabilitation
If I were to get infected with Covid-19, the first thing I’d do is have an Integrative Medicine Ozone Infusion. Why? Well, what I’m going to try and do here is lay out all the facts for you, so that you can decide for yourself what the potential of Medical Ozone Therapy is. I’m not touting it as a cure, but I sure am curious about the potential of Ozone Therapy and why the benefits of it aren’t being more deeply explored.
Firstly, what is Ozone Therapy?
As far back as 1840, ozone was used to disinfect operating rooms and sterilize surgical instruments. Then, during the First World War, ozone was found to be effective in cleaning wounds due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties. Later on, because of its excellent disinfection and oxidation qualities, ozone became the way to safely treat drinking water. In Europe, since the 1950s, ozone has been used in treating chronic diseases, like cancer, multiple sclerosis, autoimmune disease, lyme disease and heart disease. There are various ways in which ozone can be administered, but for Covid-19 we’re mainly looking at the infusion of ozone into your bloodstream. It’s called Major Auto-Hemotherapy (MAHT) which involves the patient having up to 250ml of their blood drawn into an IV bag which is then injected with ozone. That ozonated blood is then returned to the patient’s body via an IV drip. To read about other ways to infuse the body with Ozone click here.
Can Ozone Therapy successfully treat Covid-19?
As it turns out, yes it can. Many practitioners in Europe are already using Ozone Therapy (MAHT) on Covid-19 patients. These patients showed clinical improvement in 1-2 days of receiving one infusion, one time a day. The earlier the person was treated, the better the results they had. (Source article)
“In Spain, we have begun to administer ozone with the mandatory authorization of the Quality Committee of the hospital centre, and the results have been spectacular,” says Dr. Alberto Hernández, Assistant Physician for Anaesthesia and Resuscitation at the Nuestra Señora del Rosario Polyclinic in Ibiza. “We have registered a clinical trial, but we need to tell the world that Ozone is a very effective and beneficial therapy in these patients and that we must immediately incorporate it into the treatment of these patients.” (Source article)
“Concerning the results, professor Dong Ming reported that “four Covid-19 positive patients, including one critical case, one serious case and two normal cases, have been treated with Oxygen Ozone Therapy. After the treatments, the symptoms of dyspnea, severe cough, chest anguish and asthenia subsided until they disappeared. In particular, the critically ill patient recovered without using invasive mechanical ventilation or intensive care treatment. All four patients recovered and were discharged without problems after verifying the viral inactivation (“viral clearance”) of Covid-19.” (Source article)
At the Santa Maria della Misericordia University Hospital in Udine, Italy, 36 patients with Covid-19 pneumonia who had respiratory failure were administered ozone therapy. Only 3% required intubation compared to the usual 15%. There is a high mortality of intubated patients and a given a fifth were spared intubation; it is an achievement to highlight. (Source article)
Then why isn’t Ozone Therapy in every hospital ward?
That’s a good question, and one that I’m hoping to bring your attention to. Why can’t we add a proven virus fighting method to our medicinal arsenal against Covid-19?
“Ozone’s challenge is that it does not bring profit to justify private research to advance it towards regulatory agency “approval”, a process requiring many years and tens of millions of USD. Hence, few in the field are aware of it, and fewer will consider “unapproved” therapy even to save lives. Virtually all use is in private offices, where practitioners have no access to an institutional review board, now a requirement to gain acceptance of research for publication. Hence, advancement of the therapy languishes.” (Source article)
“Medical ozone is not patentable for profit; thus, corporate interests have no incentive to develop and disseminate it. Consequently, few formal studies have been performed. Yet many scientific articles have been published on research conducted in Germany, Russia, Italy, Cuba and elsewhere, demonstrating powerful biochemical effects.” (Source article)
“Simply put, ozone therapy isn’t approved by the FDA for two main reasons: it isn’t patentable, and there’s not enough money to get it through the approval process.” (Source Article)
So the answer as to why there isn’t ozone therapy available in regular medical settings seems to boil down to money and profit. And just so you know, the pharmaceutical industry is a trillion dollar business, and in 2019, the pharmaceuticals and health products industry in the United States spent more on lobbying efforts than any other industry, totaling about 295.17 million dollars.
Okay, I’m curious – where can I get an Ozone treatment?
There are literally hundreds of integrative, functional and regenerative medicine practitioners across America who offer Ozone Therapy. There are several in So Cal, but I’m only going to mention two places, because I’ve been to both facilities, and know both these doctors. These are two caring, concerned, decent human beings, who are absolutely not trying to bamboozle anyone. There’s Drs. Alice Pien MD & Asher Milgrom PhD of AMA Regenerative Medicines (with offices in Irvine and Beverly Hills), and Dr. Yoshi Rahm D.O. of the Oasis Family Medicine (in Glendale). I asked them about Ozone Therapy and here is what they said:
Dr. Milgrom: “A growing number of Integrative physicians are seeing the same incongruence between the
actual disease (Covid-19) and conventional treatments typically used for infectious pneumonia. It is not a typical
pneumonia. It appears to be a cytokine storm induced by an out of control immune response. The lung tissue is
inflamed and drowning in inflammatory fluids… impairing the flow of O2 into the tissues. Studies in Europe
show that ozone treatments are having a positive effect on hospitalized patients… helping to quickly turn
people around away from the need for ventilation, and back out of the ICU. It is cheap and fast, and hospitals throughout the county could have a working ozone generator in a matter of days. Of course, it is important to emphasize that CV19 is a new virus that we have never seen before. Therefore, here in the US, just as in Europe, studies managed by the CDC and FDA would need to be implemented to study any new potential treatments in order to verify the efficacy and safety of these treatments utilized specifically for this disease and under these conditions.
Dr. Yoshi: “I am a huge advocate of ozone. Based on preliminary medical studies done in Europe for COVID-19, ozone is showing effective results. Many studies show that not only does medical ozone improve oxygenation, modulate immune response, improve blood quality metrics, but also attacks viruses that have lipid membranes, like coronaviruses. Ozone is misunderstood by much of the U.S. medical community yet is such an amazing healing modality with minimal side effects. It is surprising to me that more doctors in the U.S. aren’t at least giving ozone a try in COVID-19 patients. Please include the petition.”
The petition that Dr. Yoshi mentions here has been signed (and circulated) by both Dr. Milgrom and Dr. Yoshi. And I strongly urge you to do the same. Sign the petition and circulate it to your family and friends. It could help save a life.
Lastly, what else can Ozone do?
To get a more in depth look at what Ozone treatment is, and what else it can do for you, here’s a link to AMA Regenerative Medicines. And below is a quick list of the health benefits of ozone therapy.
- Ozone limits the effects of bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, and protozoa
- Speeds up the healing process by stimulating the immune system
- Cleans up the arteries and veins and in turn, improves the circulation
- Purifies the blood
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- helps normalize the production of hormones and enzymes
- Aids in reducing pain, helps prevent shock as well as helps to stop bleeding
- Reduces the risk and complications associated with diabetes and stroke
- Promotes brain functions and improves memory
- Helps reduce abnormal heart rhythm or cardiac arrhythmia
Of special note: AMA is offering FREE OF CHARGE ozone and Vit IV to Firefighters and Police/Sheriffs etc. in their First Responder Campaign. If you know any first line responders who could benefit from this, please spread the word.
Okay, that about covers it. Here’s to your good health!
(Volvo CE) was awarded a $2 million grant for a commercial pilot of the company’s electric, zero emission excavator and electric wheel loader in California. The grant, administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD), is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Targeted Air Shed Grant Program, which helps agencies develop plans and conduct projects to reduce air pollution in areas with the highest level of smog and soot in the United States. South Coast AQMD is responsible for attaining state and federal standards by improving air quality in the South Coast Air Basin of California.
Volvo CE will invest another $1.5 million on top of the awarded amount, which will raise the total project amount to $3.5 million.
The grant aims to accelerate the deployment of zero emission technologies for off-road mobile equipment, which is one of the major contributors to nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in the South Coast Air Basin. The South Coast AQMD region includes Orange County and major portions of Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties, including the Coachella Valley.
“Off-Road Construction equipment accounts for 43 tons per day of NOx emissions in the South Coast Air Basin,” said Wayne Nastri, executive officer for South Coast AQMD. “We look forward to working with Volvo as they pave the way for the development of zero emission technologies in this sector.”
Volvo CE’s electric compact ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader are currently being developed and tested in Europe.They both benefit from zero exhaust emissions and low noise levels and vibrations, making them the perfect accompaniment for inner city job sites. Electric compact excavators and wheel loaders – less noise, fewer vibrations and no exhaust fumes.
“We are honored to be awarded this grant. It is a recognition of Volvo CE’s commitment to building a more sustainable future,” said Stephen Roy, senior vice president for the Americas, Volvo CE. “We are also excited for the opportunity to bring these prototypes to our customers in the U.S. after our big success with customers in Europe, and show that these machines are not only key tools to reduce emissions, they are also great for business, as they deliver low noise levels, high efficiency and reduced energy costs.”
Volvo CE was the first construction equipment manufacturer to announce the production of entire ranges of electric compact excavators and wheel loaders to replace their diesel engine-based models. Last year at the bauma tradeshow, in Germany, the company launched both the ECR25 excavator and L25 loader prototypes.
South Coast AQMD: For news, air quality alerts, event updates and more, please visit us at www.aqmd.gov, download our award-winning app, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
If you’ve ever been one to question the everyday soda, you’d know just how bad the fizzy stuff is for your health. With tons of sugar and questionable ingredients, it’s been a talking point for decades. Yet, sometimes we just get a craving for the sizzling pop that can’t be ignored.
Introducing Poppi — the *all-new* better-for-you prebiotic soda infused with apple cider vinegar that keeps your gut in check. Poppi is on a mission to redefine what soda can be by creating clean, functional and genuinely delicious beverages. If you missed it, they just had their Shark Tank update episode air earlier this month.
Now more than ever, it’s important for us to prioritize our overall health and immunity. Did you know, 70% of our immunity begins with our gut? Poppi makes it fun and easy to boost your immunity by giving you a full serving of gut-friendly probiotics to help with digestion, immunity, skin clarity, blood sugar, pH balance, and more. It’s great to sip on while WFH (working from home), for busy moms and their kids, or when you need a healthier alternative on the go. Who’d have ever thought that soda would be the guilty please to receive a healthy rework?!
Poppi is available in seven refreshing flavors: orange, blueberry, strawberry lemon, mango pineapple, strawberry rose, lime ginger, and peach tea, and is low-sugar (5g) and low-calorie (20 cal)! The best part? Poppi is available on Amazon, making it easier than ever to get delicious gut health delivered directly to your door. Poppi
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SHARK TANK - "1005" - First into the Tank is a family of entrepreneurs from Chapin, South Carolina, and Fairhope, Alabama, who present their fun pimple-popping simulator product that satisfies a unique obsession; husband and wife duo Joanna and David Parker from Englewood, New Jersey, introduce their convenient subscription service that delivers wholesome and ready-to-warm meals for kids to make mealtime stress-free; an entrepreneur from Yorba Linda, California, pitches his Bollywood-inspired dance fitness program that combines dynamic choreography and intensive workouts with upbeat music; last into the Tank is a husband and wife pair who give the Sharks a taste of their all-natural sparkling probiotic product, on "Shark Tank," SUNDAY, DEC. 9 (9:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Mitch Haaseth)
STEPHEN ELLSWORTH AND ALLISON ELLSWORTH (MOTHER)
Few people anticipated the depth and breadth of the COVID-19 pandemic, including world leaders. You are far from alone if your anxiety level has skyrocketed during these uncertain times. Depending on your circumstances, you could slip into an understandable, yet devastating, depression.
Experts advise folks to act with more kindness during times of crisis, and this principle applies to yourself, too. During tumultuous times, people need self-care now more than ever. Developing positive habits that demonstrate self-love can help you stay healthy when life lobs lemons at you.
Self-Care Helps You Fill Time With Positive Activities
Right now, you probably have some additional time on your hands. Even if you are still working, you might have lost your daily commute. Since everyone needs to do their part to help flatten the curve, why not treat yourself to some positive activities during quarantine?
Some ideas for positive self-care activities include the following.
- Write in a journal: Why not use this time to start a gratitude journal? You will automatically switch your thoughts to more positive ones if you focus on what makes you feel thankful.
- Give yourself a spa day at home: Who said you had to drop hundreds at a day spa — many of which are closed — when you can produce similar effects at home? Paint your toes and let the kids help, if you have them. Take a luxurious bubble bath and add some healing tea leaves to soothe aches and pains. Have your SO treat you to a massage — and return the favor.
- Lose yourself in a novel: When was the last time you curled up with a juicy book for an entire afternoon? If you have the time, indulge in this rare pleasure.
- Practice a relaxing hobby: Do you like to cook? Why not whip up some new recipes? Has the afghan you were knitting gathered dust in the corner of your closet? Finish it for a unique holiday gift.
- Try Yoga and Meditation: If you haven’t practiced before, you can find free yoga videos as well as guided meditation exercises on YouTube. All you need is a quiet space and room to stretch your body and mind.
Self-Care Helps You Avoid Addiction and Disease
Alcohol sales have skyrocketed by a staggering 243% since the coronavirus pandemic began. It’s understandable to want to hit the bottle, but doing so can lead to significant problems down the road. The substance not only gives you a nasty hangover, but it also messes with levels of neurotransmitters in your brain and can damage organs like your liver.
In the past 20 years, alcohol-related deaths have risen by 69%, so if you overdo it, now is the time to change. Substitution can help. Try replacing drinking with a healthier activity. Even during the shutdown, you can find online therapists and support groups to help if you struggle.
Self-Care Can Reduce the Symptoms of Some Physical and Mental Disorders
Stress can cause a host of health woes, from headaches and low energy to gastrointestinal distress. Long-term tension can exacerbate the symptoms of diseases as diverse as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Additionally, it can worsen depression and anxiety.
“How on earth can I avoid stress right now,” you might think. During a crisis, it is more challenging to relax. However, positive self-care activities like eating well and exercising can boost both your mood and immune system. Working out can take the edge off your panic and make it less likely that you will get sick if exposed.
Self-Care Doesn’t Have to Cost a Dime
Far too many people procrastinate on self-care because they think they have to drop a bundle to do it right. However, you don’t have to spend a dime. If you have staples like rice and beans in your pantry, you can make a healthy veggie burrito bowl by adding some fresh produce from your windowsill garden, for example. That qualifies.
If your jurisdiction allows you to venture outdoors, you can lace up your tennis shoes and take a sensory walk. You will marvel at all the birdsongs you hear with less traffic on the road. You can always indulge in a leisurely nap on your back porch hammock.
Self-Care Serves as an Anchor in Stormy Seas
Finally, self-care practices soothe your soul during tumultuous times by providing you with routines within your control. If you lost your job due to the downturn, you might struggle to find reasons to get out of bed in the morning. However, if you know that you work out when the alarm sounds, that creates a sense of purpose.
You can incorporate self-care into any part of your daily schedule. For example, after you job-seek for two or three hours, take a break and prepare a nutritious snack or stretch for 10 minutes. If you are working, wind down afterward and improve your mood by putting on a favorite song and dancing around your living room. Such end-of-day rituals are especially critical if you are new to telecommuting. They help you draw the line between work and family life.
We Need Self-Care More Than Ever — Be Kind to You Today
During troubled times, everyone needs to treat each other with more kindness. However, it is critical to demonstrate self-care, too. Comfort yourself with one of these ideas today.
With everyone feeling cabin fever and the impact of COVID-19, we have to remember how to stay bright and healthy during these strange days. As a result, Vital Proteins has taken their health-health-concious stance a step further — helping to boost immune systems and put our minds at ease when encountering even the slightest sniffle.
According to Director of Education at Vital Proteins and Registered Dietician, Jenn Randazzo, you should be focused on 3 things to boost your immune system: sleep, exercise, and diet. Randazzo is prioritizing her nightly routine, getting a daily workout (even if it’s just a short walk), and embracing nutrient dense foods and immune-boosting supplements.
The Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster**, an all-in-one product, allows you to get your collagen while also boosting your immune system in a time when we could all use it. The Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster** stick packs are the only product on the market that combines collagen (5g), Vitamin C, and electrolytes with Wellmune®* and Immuno-LP20® — which are one-of-a-kind, cutting-edge ingredients clinically-proven to support the immune system. And while collagen is often associated with its hair, skin, nail, bone and joint benefits it also contains key amino acids, like glycine and arginine, that have been linked to supporting the immune system.
Right now it’s important to not overcomplicate your wellness routine, and these stick packs are conveniently packaged — just add water and drink once a day! Loaded with ingredients like electrolytes for hydration, Vitamin C, D, B12 and zinc, it helps combat those less-than-stellar feelings for a better you.
With every mix and pour, you can put your best sip forward with The Vital Proteins Vitality™ Immune Booster**.
Last month, The Habit Burger deployed its very own fleet of food trucks to host 27 “events” near hospitals throughout California to give back to health care professionals by providing over 8,000 complimentary meals. In order to maintain social distancing and the utmost safety and cleanliness for all, they are having a few representatives pick up meals from the truck every 15 minutes in lieu of accumulating a line of guests.
Locations include Santa Ana, Norwalk, Los Angeles, West Covina, Long Beach, Mission Hills, Anaheim and many more. Their schedule is as follows:
Dignity Health St. Mary, 1050 Linden Ave Long Beach, CA 90813
Providence Hospital Mission Hills; 11333 Sepulveda Blvd Mission Hills, CA 91345
Children’s Hospital LA; 4650 Sunset Blvd Los Angeles 90027
Second Harvest Food Bank; 2695 East Katella Ave. Anahiem, CA, 92806
Garfield Medical Center; 525 N Garfield Ave, Monterey Park, 91754
Keck Hospital USC; 1500 San Pablo Street, Los Angeles CA 90033
Southern California-Based Toy Company Kicks Off “OPERATION: PAC-MAN” to Deliver More Than 2M Masks, Robes and Protective Gear to Hospitals Around the World
CHATSWORTH, CALIF. (March 25, 2020) – Reports grew over the weekend regarding the lack of masks and other necessary medical supplies at hospitals battling the contagion, Covid-19, especially facilities located in New York, California and Washington. CEO and Founder of MGA Entertainment, Inc. (MGAE), Isaac Larian, announced today a new initiative called “Operation: PAC-MAN,” an initiative created to bring supporters together so that hospitals and healthcare workers are stocked with the supplies they need to protect themselves during their efforts to eradicate the virus.
Over the weekend, Larian put together an initial plan of action, which included donating $100,000 to UCLA Medical Center, identifying an overseas factory that could fulfill an order for two-million masks, and securing 25,000 masks, which will arrive to the United States this week and will be immediately sent to three Southern California hospitals, including City of Hope, Cedars Sinai and UCLA. In addition, Flexport.org has partnered to air lift – for free – an additional 150,000 units of medical supplies procured by MGAE, ensuring hospitals receive them this week upon arrival.
“I’m very grateful to Susy Schöneberg, head of Flexport.org, for her heroic act. It takes selfless leaders like Susy to make a difference in these tough times for the humanKIND, said Isaac Larian, CEO and Founder of MGA Entertainment. “I wish for other CEOs and leaders of our society join this effort now, please.”
An online webpage will launch this week for fans, partners and retailers who want to support the efforts, including a link where hospitals or healthcare workers can request certified and approved supplies to be sent to their facility. After filling out the form and verifying the request, the MGAE team will ship out the supplies for immediate delivery. At this time, priority will be placed for those hospitals in California, New York and Washington.
Larian stated: “This is not an industry issue or a government issue any longer – at this point, all of humanKIND needs to work together and fix the shortage that hospitals are facing and I believe this issue can best be resolved by entrepreneurs. The fact that hospitals and hospital workers are lacking basic necessities to safely continue their treatment of patients is tragic. It is preposterous that we are in this position and now it’s up to everyone to work together.”
Understanding the global implication of the virus, Larian worked with MGAE’s international licensees and distributors to aid in distributing medical supplies to hospitals around the world, including Italy, France and Spain. He is working to re-tool the Little Tikes® factory in Hudson, Ohio so that medical supplies for the hospitals can be manufactured in the U.S.A. Further, MGAE’s fifteen, 3-D printers have been made available for any hospitals that need them.
Added Larian: “Keeping our hospital workers healthy and properly supplied will be they only way to help them continue to do their jobs to the best of their ability.”
About MGA Entertainment
MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment products company headquartered in Chatsworth, California, creates innovative proprietary and licensed products including toys and games, dolls, consumer electronics, home décor, stationery and sporting goods. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as L.O.L. Surprise™, Little Tikes®, Num Noms™, Poopsie Slime Surprise™, Bratz®, Rainbows in Pieces™, Na! Na! Na! Surprise™, Wreck Royale™, Baby Born Surprise™ and Zapf Creation®. Visit us at www.mgae.com.