Actor Danny Trejo partnered with a nonprofit in Los Angeles that supports medical education and serves underserved communities on a drive-up food giveaway that helped feed families of front-line workers.
NBC reported that the star teamed up with The Everest Foundation and Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis on the effort this past week. According to the foundation’s website, it works to provide opportunities “for the advancement of innovation in medical education and cutting-edge medical research.”
The food giveaway was hosted at the East Los Angeles Civic Center. During the event, families were given food bowls from the actor’s Trejo’s Tacos restaurant brand.
The donation was carried out in accordance with COVID-19 protocols, NBC reported.
Trejo is known for his roles in films such as “Heat,” “Con Air” and “Desperado.” According to local station KCRW, the actor also owns a number of eateries in Los Angeles and recently released a cookbook titled “Trejo’s Tacos: Recipes and Stories from L.A.”
“This year has been very difficult for many of us, including most of our friends in the hospitality industry,” Trejo’s restaurant said on Instagram this week. “These donations not only provided for the most vulnerable but helped keep our doors open.”
“We are grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve our community. Thank you from the bottom of our heart,” it added.
The business said it fed more than 800 families as a result of the event.
“During this difficult time, we want to give thanks to the East L.A. Community, especially our front-line workers that surround that facility, by spreading some joy this holiday season,” Michael Everest, who heads up the nonprofit, said in a statement obtained by local media.
“We are grateful to be working with Trejo’s Tacos to, once again, give back to such an important community,” he added.