LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu, The First-In Fire Foundation and the Original Farmers Market have cooked up a plan to support Los Angeles firefighters and local restaurants. Firehouse Dinners, a pilot program funded by Councilmember Ryu and The First-In Fire Foundation, a local nonprofit supporting the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), brings fresh cooked meals from restaurants in the Original Farmer’s Market to local first responders.
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April 14, 2020
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Councilmember Ryu joins First-In Fire and Original Farmers Market to Feed First Responders
LOS ANGELES - Councilmember David Ryu, The First-In Fire Foundation and the Original Farmers Market have cooked up a plan to support Los Angeles firefighters and local restaurants. Firehouse Dinners, a pilot program funded by Councilmember Ryu and The First-In Fire Foundation, a local nonprofit supporting the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), brings fresh cooked meals from restaurants in the Original Farmers Market to local first responders.
“Our first responders are working around the clock to keep Angelenos safe during this pandemic,” Councilmember Ryu said. “They need hearty, nutritious meals and our local restaurants need the support. Through the great partnership of the First-In Fire Foundation and the Original Farmers Market, we’ve been able to put our local businesses to work feeding our firefighters.”
“Now, more than ever before, a community-fire department partnership matters. Our mission is bonding local citizens with their local firefighters and visa-versa,” Lyn Cohen, President of the First-In Fire Foundation. “Central to our work is relationship & friendship, team building & collaboration at grassroots as a form of emergency preparedness - common ground work for weathering the storm together. Firefighters traditionally shop, cook and pay for their own dinners themselves, but right now our firefighters are safer to serve us out of grocery store lines. With this pilot, and the support of Councilmember Ryu, we can have their back and support local small merchants by simply dining.”
“The Original Farmers Market is pleased to be working with our friends at First-In Fire,” Mark Panatier, Vice President of the A.F. Gilmore Company, which owns the Original Farmers Market, said. “For decades, the Market has provided holiday meals as a thank you to our local firefighters in Station 61, so when Lyn Cohen called and asked for some help to coordinate First-In Fire's efforts, we said “Of course!" First responders are not always thought of in our day-to-day lives, but they most certainly are when we need them. So the Original Farmers Market is pleased to help them when they need us!”
The Firehouse Dinners pilot program, created by the First-In Fire Foundation, has already begun sending meals to Fire Station 61, just down the street from the Original Farmers Market on 3rd Street. Firefighters can choose meals from Original Farmer’s Market favorites like Du-Par’s, Huntington Meats & Poultry, and Monsieur Marcel. Many vendors and restaurants within the Original Farmer’s Market remain open for to-go meals, but have seen a drop in business since the Coronavirus pandemic hit Los Angeles.
The pilot program, funded by Councilmember Ryu and donations to the First-In Fire Foundation, hopes to expand to more fire stations. To learn more, please visit firstinfirefoundation.org
Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.