The Struggle of Love Foundation offers alternatives to those with limited opportunities that may not qualify for any other community-based assistance programs. SOLF's wish is to inspire and educate our future generations so that they can make a positive difference in the world's future. Our goal is to give back to the community in areas of struggle - "Showing our Love to Save Our Lives".
The SOLF foundation has been active in the Montbello neighborhood since 2007.
By utilizing the CURE Violence Model which utilizes the same three steps used to reverse epidemic disease outbreaks. The SOLF has proven effective in this modality by following this method.
When their food pantry started the "Sacks of Love" program in 2018, they didn't see the Coronavirus on the horizon. Their main clients were senior citizens in the Far North East.
"We struggled keeping our volunteers engaged and our pantry operating." Lakeshia Hodge said that all changed in mid-March of 2020. LaKeshia says that literally overnight, the demand went through the roof, but so did the supply, and so did the volunteers.
"I have to say that we really could not do this without the volunteers. The financial support and in-kind donations are cool, but without the volunteers, we'd just be too overwhelmed. I've never seen this much food," she laughed.
Truthfully, neither had I. One Wednesday of volunteering, I helped unload four separate trucks and stacked boxes in their 500-square-foot pantry. There was almost no walking room. Within two days, it was gone, and new trucks were coming in.
Theo Wilson (poet, speaker, activist and CNN contributor)