Jewish Family Services -- SOVA
On a recent food distribution day at SOVA’s West Hollywood site, of the nearly 20 people who were busily processing client paperwork, filling grocery bags and moving boxes of food, only two were paid staff members. Dedicated volunteers are at the heart of this operation, and more of them are needed for the West Hollywood location.
The City of West Hollywood is proud to be a funder of SOVA, the community food and resource program of Jewish Family Service.
A Hebrew word meaning “eat and be satisfied,” SOVA provides free groceries to those in need, and does so in an environment that extends dignity and opportunity to their clients and volunteers.
SOVA offers high quality, nutritious food, and clients are able to choose the grocery and personal hygiene items they need from a menu of options. Through a partnership with local grocery stories they are also able to more frequently offer fresh meat, produce and bakery products.
Fred Summers, SOVA’s Director of Operations, had this to say, “The City of West Hollywood has been a generous supporter of JFS and SOVA for many, many years and we deeply appreciate the concern they show -- not only our program but the lives of the people we serve. Last year alone, 650 West Hollywood constituents received services from us at one time or another. We rely on the City to help make this possible and they never let us down!”
In addition to providing life-sustaining food, SOVA also provides opportunities to access other vital services, including legal advice, job search preparation and coaching, enrollment in CalFresh (food stamps) and MediCal programs, counseling and case management.
The SOVA Metro Resource Center is located at 1140 N. LaBrea in West Hollywood, just north of Santa Monica Blvd. For more information on hours of service, how to volunteer and/or how to donate food, please call (818) 988-7682 or visit www.jfsla.org/sova
SOVA’s West Hollywood location is open Monday-Wednesday and Fridays from 10am-1:30pm. There is no food distribution on Thursdays, but counseling and other services are available by appointment. The second and fourth Sunday of each month, this site is also open from 9am-noon. They are closed on Saturdays.
The SOVA Community Food & Resource Program is located at 8846 W. Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles. The hours of service are Monday-Thursday from 10am-1:30pm and Sunday 9am-12pm. For more information call (818) 988-7862. St. Thomas the Apostle Church also provides food distribution and is located at 7501 Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles and is open Friday 9am-11:30pm.