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Detailed information on Program Modifications

As of March 11, 2020, we will continue to provide services to our Los Angeles community in a modified manner, as well as still offering volunteer opportunities. 

Please help support St. Francis Center and our immediate needs services that are critical to maintaining the health and hygiene of our most vulnerable guests by making a donation today at www.sfcla.org.

We are, however, modifying both our Breakfast and Pantry Programs to help limit guest, volunteer, and staff exposure.


Please read on for more information about program modifications.

Breakfast Program:

We are still offering a hot meal for breakfast (soup, cookies, bread, sack lunch, coffee, and water), but have modified the front room layout. Table seating is suspended for now. Instead, we have a to-go breakfast set up with the long rectangular tables set up front. Guests will come through the line to receive meal items and volunteers will stand behind the tables to distribute the food items.

Things to note:

  • We will be informing all volunteers of our standard health protocol (wearing gloves and changing them if needed, applying hand sanitizer and washing hands frequently)
  • With the modified format, we have all of the proper preventative measures in place to protect our volunteers, staff, and guests and will provide detailed instructions regarding all modifications before the program starts
  • Because we have modified the program operation to a “to-go” format, we do not require as many volunteers to operate (we definitely welcome smaller groups, but if you’re seeing dropoff among your group, we can manage with a smaller amount)
  • Guests will be let into the Center in smaller groups (5 guests at a time) to limit congestion inside.
  • Volunteers will be stationed behind to-go tables to distribute each prepared food item (guests will not be handling any items themselves, including coffee creamer and sugar)

Pantry Program:

Moving forward during our weekday and Saturday pantry programs, we will be initiating a pre-bag model of distribution for groceries. Volunteers will pre-bag the groceries and help hand off the bags to our guests.

  • We will be informing all volunteers of our standard health protocol (wearing gloves and changing them if needed, applying hand sanitizer and washing hands frequently)
  • With the modified format, we have all of the proper preventative measures in place to protect our volunteers, staff, and guests and will provide detailed instructions regarding all modifications before the program starts
  • Because we have modified the program operation to a pre-bag model of distribution or modified clients’ choice model of distribution limiting the number of guests coming through the line, we do not require as many volunteers to operate (so if you’re seeing dropoff among your groups, we can manage with a smaller amount)
  • All guests are required to wash their hands before going through the pantry line to receive food.
  • Guests will be let into the Center in smaller groups (5 guests at a time) to limit congestion inside.
  • In the case we have excess pallets of food that we need to distribute, volunteers will be stationed to distribute each food item to the guests (they will not be able to grab produce from the boxes themselves)
  • We can also have volunteers helping make sandwiches, pack lunches, or perhaps sort in the back as well if they do not want to be directly on the floor.


You can find more info about our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparedness Plan at the link here.



We will keep you posted with any updates, but if you have any questions or concerns, please contact our executive director, Marianne Kulikov, at marianne@sfcla.org or 213-747-5347.