Polo’s Pantry is a mobile food pantry dedicated to serving the unhoused and marginalized communities of Los Angeles. Founded by Melissa Acedera in 2017, Polo’s Pantry partners with food businesses, nonprofits and volunteer groups to distribute meals to people without regular access to food across LA. Regular collaborations include Sunday meal distribution in Skid Row with LACAN and Saturday Outreach with Ktown for All.
Founder Melissa Acedera started three years ago by handing out 100 breakfast burritos each Saturday to men and women on L.A.’s Skid Row, while working as a compliance manager for a food and beverage company. Seven months later, she started Polo’s Pantry, partnering with multiple organizations for meal distribution throughout LA. After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, she devoted herself to Polo’s Pantry full time, as churches and other organizations that give out free food closed down their operations. Polo’s Pantry now works with [how many orgs/events] and serves [how many people? giving out how many meals or boxes?], while regularly raising awareness of food justice issues.
Polo’s Pantry is named after Acedera’s father, whose childhood nickname was Polo and who passed away from complications from diabetes in 2005. The pantry is dedicated to honoring him and the rest of her family’s legacy of entrepreneurship and feeding fellow arrivals from the Philippines. Polo’s Pantry is always looking for new groups to collaborate with.
The ultimate goal for me is for @polospantry to no longer exist. For charitable food programs to evolve into a real food system that considers the needs of everyone. – Melissa