The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) will host its second in a series of virtual gatherings called “Metro Conversations” on Tuesday, February 16, about Metro’s dynamic partnership with community-based organizations to deliver food and other necessities to families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The series is designed to share stories with interested members of the public about the agency that they may not have heard before. The one-hour session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Speakers will include:
- Brenda Aguilera, Director of Community Transformation, Para Los Niños
- Cecelia Gibson, Associate Director: Community Centers, Antelope Valley Partners for Health
- Debbie Sheen, Program Officer, First 5 LA
- Shaun Miller, Senior Transportation Planner, LA Metro
The conversation will be held via Zoom and include live Spanish interpretation. Online participants will be able to share their thoughts and ideas with panelists following the discussion. Event details are as follows:
Metro Conversations: Partnering to Address Food Insecurity
Tuesday, Feb. 16
Noon to 1 p.m.
Join via Zoom, Webinar ID: 943 3640 8431, Passcode: 935865
Join by phone: 833 548 0282 (Toll Free), Webinar ID: 943 3640 8431, Passcode: 935865
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in Los Angeles County, with one in four county residents – more than 870,000 households – experiencing food insecurity from March to July 2020, many of whom also reported that transportation was a significant barrier to accessing essential resources. In response, Metro, through its Mobility on Demand rideshare service, partnered with First 5 LA and their countywide Best Start Community Network of nonprofit partners to deliver food and essential goods to vulnerable families.
Metro’s Mobility on Demand service was designed to provide shared rides to and from key transit locations within three service zones. In its partnership with First 5 LA, the service shifted to deliver thousands of meals to low-income families with children under five every week in areas identified by First 5 LA as having the greatest need. Mobility on Demand transitioned into Metro Micro, the agency’s new on-demand rideshare service, on January 25, 2021, and a new food delivery partnership will launch later this month.
All Metro meetings are accessible to persons with disabilities. Spanish interpretation will be provided. ADA and Title VI Requirements: Special accommodations are available to the public for Metro-sponsored meetings. All requests for reasonable accommodations and translation must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date; please call 213.326.1787 or California Relay Service at 711.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is currently providing lifeline service for essential trips and frontline workers. Metro continues building the most ambitious transportation infrastructure program in the United States and is working to greatly improve mobility through its Vision 2028 Plan.
Metro has proudly pledged to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Health and Safety Commitment Program to help ensure the safe return of transit riders as the U.S. recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.