Often, the Culver City City Council presents a proclamation – a special certificate, some highlighted recognition and official applause for an organization in the community. On Dec. 14, 2020 it was offered to Feed Culver, to congratulate people on a job well done.
The city’s moment of appreciation for the work done by Grace Diner and Feed Culver was the last action by the council made up of Mayor Goran Eriksson, Vice Mayor Alex Fisch, and Council members Daniel Lee, Thomas Small and Meghan Sahli-Wells.
Grace Diner began as a program to feed those in need once a week, back in September of 2009 at the Grace Lutheran Church. Created by volunteers Lisa Skelley and Ken Smith, the original idea was to allow hungry people the dignity of a ‘restaurant-style’ meal; three courses, served at a cloth covered table in the upstairs social hall at the church.
With the advent of the pandemic, Grace Diner became the host for FeedCulver, a separate non-profit organization, to distribute meals that had been prepared and packaged by local restaurants. Supported by donations from the community, FeedCulver has created a system to support local restaurants and hungry people.
Skelley, thanking the council via call-in, offered that “Grace Diner is a true labor of love, and we are grateful for all the connections with Feed Culver.”
The proclamation thanked all 91 volunteers that have donated their time and energies, risked exposure, and picked up and delivered meals, and helped to make sure that neighbors were not going hungry.
For more on the program, go to FeedCulver.org. All donations are tax deductible, and the need is ongoing.