No Us Without You: feeding a family of 4 for a week with $33

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Othón Nolasco and Damian Diaz are the men behind No Us Without You, which fed 10 families on their first day. Nine months later the organization is feeding 1400 families a week. Photo by Mel Castro.

When the hospitality industry shut down this spring, the men of Va’La Hospitality spent $400 at a restaurant supply store and vowed to assist undocumented restaurant workers through the Boyle Heights-based initative, No Us Without You. A “no questions asked” service, they are serving 1400 families a week with groceries, free tutoring to students, job placement, reliable transportation, and this week — Christmas toys. Othón Nolasco founded the program with his business partner, Damian Diaz.

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