Some shoppers in Los Angeles received free groceries recently from the Dodgers and Smart & Final at the Smart & Final store located in Watts. The surprise started in the 6 o’clock hour during an exclusive morning shopping time for seniors, expectant mothers, people with disabilities, healthcare workers and first responders, and carried through the 7 o’clock hour.
During the two hours, excitement and gratitude were expressed repeatedly by shoppers who came to stock up on food and supplies, and walked out with a huge smile underneath their face masks.
“It’s more important than ever that we come together as a community to support and bring a bit of joy to one another,” said Deb Bell-Versluis, director of corporate communications and charitable foundation for Smart & Final. “We are grateful to our partners at the Dodgers for their generous offer to surprise Smart & Final shoppers in Jordan Downs with free groceries. We value our relationship with this neighborhood and are excited to continue working with the Dodgers to give back to the communities in which we live and serve.”
As the official grocery partner of the Dodgers, this isn’t the first collaboration between the team and Smart & Final. During this time of unprecedented need, the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation is working to support food banks, first responders, school districts and other local organizations with efforts in helping its communities deal with the impact of Covid-19. One such example was the donation of 10,000 bottles of water, 500 bags of apples and 500 bags of oranges the Smart & Final Charitable Foundation provided to the Dodgers Foundation to assist with their efforts helping the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Grab & Go Food Centers.