This year, more than 1,000 Los Angeles families in need received food from organizations that provide assistance specifically for Passover.
The most exciting weeknight in our house is Thursday; our family eats a hasty dinner and I rush off, two or three children in tow, to Tomchei Shabbos.
It's 10 p.m. on a Wednesday, and Yaelle Cohen, a Pico-Robertson mother of five, is about to leave the house to run an errand. No -- she's not going to pick up milk. Someone called offering her some used bed linen and towels, and Cohen thinks they might be good for one of the many families she helps, so she is going to pick them up. The linen will join the clothes, shoes and other sundry items that Cohen keeps in an ever-growing pile in the corner of her living room. These items will all be sorted through and assessed by size and quality, and then distributed to families in need.
It's 6:30 p.m. on a Thursday, and the modest storefront at 3531a N. La Brea Ave. is teeming with people. The shelves that were stocked with bottles of Rokeach grape juice, jars of Tzali's gefilte fish and cans of California chunk light tuna only a half hour ago, are now nearly empty.