SAG-AFTRA Members Come Together to Support Striking Hollywood Actors
– SAG-AFTRA volunteers organize and staff a food pantry in Los Angeles to provide assistance to union members affected by the ongoing Hollywood strike.
– As the strike halts productions, some SAG-AFTRA members are facing financial difficulties, making the food pantry a vital resource for them.
In an effort to support their fellow union members impacted by the ongoing Hollywood strike, SAG-AFTRA volunteers hosted and staffed a food pantry in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. The strike has put a halt to many Hollywood productions, making it harder for some SAG-AFTRA members to make ends meet.
Actress Monika Beal expressed the significance of the food pantry, stating that the budget is incredibly tight and having access to the pantry will provide much-needed relief. She added, “We work so we can eat, and we eat so we can work. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people that cannot afford to buy groceries.” The partnership between SAG-AFTRA and the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Food for Health program made this new resource available. During the first event, organizers prepared to assist approximately 200 families by providing fresh vegetables, fruits, milk, and eggs.
Christian Wilkins, a member of the SAG-AFTRA community who is benefiting from the food pantry, also highlighted the solidarity within the community during this challenging time. Despite moving to Los Angeles just a week before the strike began, Wilkins has been amazed by how the community has rallied together.
The food pantry will continue to open every week while the unions are on strike, serving as a crucial support system for SAG-AFTRA members in need.