There is Enough Food for Everyone in Skid Row to Eat Three Full Meals Everyday

Updated 3/25/2020

The state of emergency brought our skid row initiative to a screeching halt for about a full month. We’re back preparing for a relaunch.

By Susan Park

It is a distribution problem. It is a problem of having a large enough commercial kitchen and labor costs. It is a problem of how non-profit funds are not spent on actually providing food. I want to change this model.

I changed my restaurant operating hours. I’m closed Monday-Thursday to work on my food bank initiatives. Open from 11 am -9 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

The stove we ordered for the unhoused Korean seniors was delivered yesterday. A new volunteer came to help me today. I drop off about 4-5 times a week.


Giving Days

Updated 3/25/2020

Covid-19 put us in deep triage mode. Our giving days are 7 days a week now. Our capacity has increased four times since we first started. We have more community and nonprofit partners to distribute through.

Please email me at smokingkorean AT gmail DOT com if you want to volunteer or donate goods. I’m based out of my restaurant near USC.

You can donate via venmo to @gidrareturns (Camilla Zadi) or paypal Kamilah.zadi AT gmail DOT com

Facebook fundraiser

25 Korean seniors on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. I make two trays of Korean food or I donate ingredients or personal care items. I also donate to other Asian Americans on the brink. For reasons of their privacy, I cannot say something about everyone I help and it’s inappropriate to take photos of people at random times of giving.

The money for my Skid Row initiatives does not come from the fundraiser for Korean American seniors and Asian Americans.

They come from a different fund. You can donate via venmo to 424-223-3526 @Farid-Zadi

Skid Row with Down But Not Out on Thursday evenings with Down But Not Out.

Packaged meal kits on Saturday mornings (almost every Saturday) with Operation Kids Next Door

Monday taco cart with Operation Kids Next Door. We did this once this past Monday. But we need more help to do it twice a month on Mondays.


Fundraiser to Help Unhoused Korean Seniors and Korean Americans on The Brink in Los Angeles

Please donate via Venmo to @gidrareturns (Camilla Zadi) or paypal Kamilah.zadi AT gmail DOT com

Facebook fundraiser

Donations to (Asian Americans for Housing) and (Asian Americans for Environmental Justice) can be made payable to KIWA (fiscal non-profit sponsor) and mailed to: 1436 West Jefferson Blvd, Los Angeles Ca 90007.

My name is Susan Park. I have lived in Los Angeles for over 45 years. I am well known member of the community here with multiple measures of accountability and transparency.

There will be more concerted efforts to help unhoused Asian Americans. I have partners who will start a work team with me. Beyond helping just a few people, we want to have a 24 hour hotline, donation and distribution location, our own shelters and affordable housing. We want to help other Asian American groups and other groups of Americans to help our own. All of us or none of us. We want to create social movements. It takes a village.

Unhoused Asian Americans have different challenges. Language and cultural barriers are often impossible to overcome. Unhoused people have strong cultural preferences for food just like housed people do. Becoming unhoused does not make folx lose qualities and desires that all human beings have. It is vital to create Asian American specific groups to meet the unique challenges of our unhoused community members.

I feel that it is very important to serve people with their dignity in mind. We care and share with the person in mind. We are here to serve them, not ourselves.

I also do a lot of coalition building in South Central Los Angles. I started a Black Asian Coalition and Black Latinx Coalition. I care about BIPOC. All of us, or none of us.

Sometimes I work through non-profits, sometimes I work with community partners. The non-profit industrial complex is a problem. Of course, there are good non-profits. But there are also many that exist to perpetuate the problems they are supposed to alleviate. As long as the problem persists, the non-profit office exists.

There are also some limitations with faith based non-profits helping those in need. Sometimes there are religious leaders who believe that people should suffer because it’s God’s will. Faith helps some people heal and faith can be complementary to some people in their path to healing. But mental health issues and grinding poverty can’t be prayed away. We also understand that god and religion are important to a lot of people and we respect that.

We firmly believe in solidarity. So we work with various organizations including religious ones whenever we can. We also believe that radical community building is possible when folx step up to the plate on their own and start building community coalitions.

Asian American cub scouts ordered catering from me and I donated all the proceeds back to my fundraiser, $400

You can donate to our Skid Row initiatives via venmo to @Farid-Zadi
I work on initiatives to help unhoused folx almost every day of the week and I document my efforts. I spend a lot of my own money and time doing this.

I host DSA-LA South Central Hangout
We meet on Saturday mornings to package meal kits to distribute in Skid Row.
Every Thursday, I make food that is distributed by Down But Not Out in Skid Row.
Down But Not Out distributes the food I make in Skid Row
School teacher dropping off menstrual products for us to distribute in Skid Row

Middle Schoolers packaging menstrual products for us to distribute in Skid Row.