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Amazon Studios and Homeboy Industries are joining forces for Election Day.
Amazon Studios will partner with the Los Angeles-based non-profit, dedicated to gang rehabilitation and re-entry of formerly incarcerated individuals, to provide breakfast and lunch for poll workers in select voting centers on Nov. 3.
“In this critical election year, we want to support and be there in meaningful and impactful ways for our local communities, who have always supported Amazon Studios and our business,” said Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke. “We understand Election Day will be difficult this year due to the pandemic, so with the help of Homeboy, we’re glad to provide food and some relief for the poll workers. It’s important for us to all come together as a community and support each other this Election Day.”
Meals will be served to over 800 poll workers at 55 voting centers across Los Angeles County. The centers will be located in varied areas including East LA, Palmdale, Compton and San Fernando. Meals will be produced and delivered by Feed HOPE, a social enterprise launched by Homeboy Industries amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. Feed HOPE has served more than 150,000 meals to L.A. residents thus far.
“During this unprecedented time, the amazing men and women working in the Homegirl Café launched Feed HOPE in a time of need, and we are honored to partner with Amazon Studios to supply election day volunteers healthy and delicious meals as they enable democracy in the most deserving communities in Los Angeles,” said Arlin Crane, Vice President of Social Enterprises at Homeboy Industries.
The partnership comes amid the county government enlisting help from thousands of poll workers to support over 700 voting centers set at locations such as Dodger Stadium, SoFi Stadium and the Hollywood Bowl.
“Elections are the cornerstone of our democracy, and we have to do everything in our power to preserve, promote, and defend the sacred right of all voters to cast a ballot and have a voice in shaping our government and our future,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “By providing meals and support to local poll workers, Amazon and Homeboy are tapping into the best of the Angeleno spirit: coming together to strengthen the process by which we choose our leaders, dictate a more just and equitable society, and determine the kind of city and nation we can be.”
Apart from Election Day, Amazon Studios and Homeboy Industries will continue to team up with the intent of furthering the essential and important work the non-profit provides to African-American and Latinx communities.
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