August 28, 1992 |
"Who can get rid of 1,100 cases of frozen broccoli?" Mickey Weiss asks. When it was offered to him, he was quick to accept. "Don't dump it; donate it" is Weiss' motto. The former produce merchant is the "veggie philanthropist," founder of the L.A. Wholesale Produce Market's Charitable Distribution Facility. Each month the facility gives away 1.5-million pounds of unsalable food--bruised or a bit overripe.
May 2, 1996 |
Maurice "Mickey" Weiss, wholesale produce dealer and philanthropist who founded the Charitable Distribution Facility to supply discarded but usable food to kitchens that feed the hungry, died Wednesday. He was 81. Weiss, sometimes called the "mushroom king" for making the item readily available in the Los Angeles area, died of cancer at his West Los Angeles home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1988 |
Strawberries that aren't shaped quite right and bananas that aren't the right shade of yellow are finding their way to the tables of soup kitchens through a Los Angeles charity program that donates food good enough to eat but not good enough to sell. Merchants at downtown's wholesale produce market used to throw away boxes of fresh fruit and vegetables they could not sell because the produce was not quite fresh or pretty enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1994 |
California is one of the world's top producers of fruits and vegetables, but thousands of low-income people in the greater Los Angeles area don't get enough fresh produce in their diets. The Los Angeles Charitable Food Distribution Facility has helped to remedy this situation by moving more than 25 million pounds of donated produce annually to organizations that feed the region's poor.
June 1, 1995 |
Meeting a group of fifth-graders from South-Central Los Angeles, thought 10-year-old Leah Metz from Beverly Hills, "would probably be weird at first." But her assumptions were bashed, said the fifth-grader from Temple Emanuel Day School, once she exchanged ideas with some of the students from 75th Street School.
February 6, 1992 |
Thanks to the foresight and generosity of Edna and Mickey Weiss, founders of the Charitable Distribution Facility at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market, about 15.4 million pounds of fresh produce were distributed to more than 400 charitable and hunger-relief organizations throughout Los Angeles in 1991. Founded in 1987, it was the first such produce program in the nation. Any nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that feeds the needy or homeless can become eligible for food.