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News Release

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Media Relations

West Los Angeles Police Officers Partners with the Community to End Hunger

WHAT:           
Food Drive to End Hunger

WHEN:          
Sunday, November 23, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:         
West Los Angeles Community Police Station
1663 Butler Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90025

WHO:       
Officers from West Los Angeles Community Police Station
Community Members
    
WHY: 
To collect non-perishable food items for under-privileged families.  According to Reserve Officer Harris Birken, “the program started when an officer overheard a     child tell a friend how hungry he was, because it was his turn not to eat last night. This was incredibly upsetting to hear, as no child should ever go hungry.”

Reserve Officer Birken continued to say, “Last year we raised almost 30,000 pounds of food which made a huge impact in the lives of many families.  This year, we would like to beat that number and are asking for the public’s help to accomplish our goal.”

ADDITIONAL:   
Earlier in the month, a group of boys, ranging in ages from 11 to 13, distributed more than 300 paper shopping bags and a letter asking a Stevenson Ranch neighborhood to fill the bags with non-perishable food items.  On Saturday, November 22, at 1:00 p.m., in the 26000 block of Ohara Lane, Stevenson Ranch, (corner of Ohara Lane and Kavenaugh Lane) the boys will collect the bags and prepare them for delivery to LAPD’s West Los Angeles Station on Sunday, November 23rd.
    
CONTACT:         
Anyone wishing to gather non-perishable food items and participate in this event to end hunger is asked to call Officer Phu Ha or Reserve Officer Birken, West Los Angeles Community Relations Office at 310-444-0735, or 661-733-4888.


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