As business owners, while driving around the city and seeing vacant parking lot after vacant parking lot, it was a constant reminder that without jobs during these unprecedented times, existing problems in our community would become exponentially worse in very short order. We watched the news images of vehicles lined up for miles as families waited to receive food donations.
We asked ourselves what we could do to help our community and realized… Lots.
Our vacant parking lots could become satellite food distribution points for humanitarian aid. This would reduce crowding and wait times at the main distribution points and make it quicker to get help to those in need. We could take these empty parking lots and fill them with hope.
We’re calling this initiative, Lots of Love and calling upon local businesses and individuals to join us in supporting our community by opening your lots, your hearts and your wallets to those in need.
The San Antonio Food Bank has informed us that we can provide two (2) weeks’ worth of food, or food equivalent (gift cards), to 400 families for $75,000 (approximately $185 per family). We will be testing this concept in support of the San Antonio Food Bank in the parking lot of Pica Pica Plaza in the heart of the Southside in the hope of providing food for 500 families in Phase I.
Our mission is to bring Lots of Love to multiple strategic locations and our hope is that through this initiative, San Antonio will become a model for the rest of the state and nation.
Lots of Love will be administered and overseen by the San Antonio Food Bank. We are working directly with President and CEO Eric Cooper and his team, who are in full support of our initiative, and feel that it will accelerate help to those in need within our community. We have also engaged City Councilwoman, Rebecca Viagran of District III, who has agreed to assist in this endeavor.