Donate to HopeNet to help restaurants and also enjoy a meal: Chronique de Larchmont
Taste of Larchmont may be on hiatus (again) this year, but HopeNet executive director Brandy Muñiz wants everyone to know he or she can help. HopeNet while benefiting from and supporting some of the restaurants in Larchmont.
When donors donate $ 250, $ 500, $ 750 or $ 1,000 to HopeNet, a portion of that donation will go to restaurants in Larchmont who have supported the HopeNet Taste of Larchmont over the years. In addition, as a thank you, donors can choose to receive a $ 25, $ 50, $ 75 or $ 100 gift card to dine at one of these restaurants.
Muñiz, who took over as executive director of HopeNet in September 2020, said it was difficult to raise funds for the 13 pantries in Mid-City, Koreatown, Hollywood, Los Feliz and Silver Lake that HopeNet supports. – especially when the main fundraiser, Taste of Larchmont, again cannot be accepted. Taste of Larchmont provides HopeNet with approximately 40 percent of its annual operating budget.
While there have been letters to former HopeNet donors and publications and advertisements asking for support, Muñiz has also spent the last year writing grants, balancing income and spending, and otherwise stabilizing. the 33-year-old organization.
Thinking creatively outside the fundraising box in the midst of a pandemic has been a challenge, to say the least.
The need is real
Muñiz said that in 2020, HopeNet’s pantries distributed 4.5 million pounds of food, up from 3.1 million pounds of food distributed in 2019. For another comparison, 14,580 people received food. food in pantries in March 2019, up from 42,734 people in March 2020. This represents an increase of 28,154 people receiving shelf-stable foods and fresh produce in one month.
But feeding people isn’t all HopeNet does. Muñiz also has plans to expand the way HopeNet helps. In addition to increasing the options available in pantries (to accommodate food intolerances and provide healthier alternatives), there is also a need to look after the low-income apartments of the nonprofit, HopeWest . And the organization also hopes to grow by developing more low-income housing options.
Prior to HopeNet, Muñiz was Director of Development and Community Relations at Alameda Point Collaborative, a supportive housing community in Alameda County. She has experience working in an organization that provides community support, from food and accommodation to therapy and youth programs.
Muñiz hopes she can help HopeNet grow beyond its current reach. In the meantime, she’s hoping Taste of Larchmont regulars will consider participating in this year’s virtual fundraiser. She also hopes the neighbors will share their experiences by posting photos on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #HopeMeal or #HopeNetLA. Visit Hope-net.org/2021-goût-de-larchmont.