PCOC Extends Healthy Meal Program to Students and Families of the Pasadena United School District

April 27, 2020

The PCOC Has Provided Over 11,000 Meals Since March; Expects to Provide an Additional 11,200 Meals from April 25th to May 17th

PUSD Food Distribution

Pasadena, CA, (April 27, 2020) In an effort to continue aiding the Pasadena community during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19), Pasadena Center Operating Company (PCOC) and Centerplate, the exclusive food and beverage provider for the Pasadena Convention Center and Pasadena Civic Auditorium, will continue providing healthy meals for students and families of the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD). The meals will be distributed over four weekends starting April 25th and 26th through May 16th and 17th. The meal program will be paid for by the City of Pasadena.

Each weekend, 15 PCOC staff members will volunteer to transport, set up and distribute the meals (1,400 per day / 2,800 in total per weekend) at four of seven PUSD distribution locations from 9:00am – 11:00am. The healthy pre-packaged meals include premium deli sandwiches carved in house, fruit, cookies, juice, or milk.

Since the Operating Company’s initial outreach of support to the Pasadena community, the PCOC and Centerplate have prepared, delivered, and distributed over 11,000 nutritious meals to PUSD students and families. From March 28th to April 19th, 20 PCOC staff members spent 490 hours volunteering at four of the meal distribution locations, including aiding the PUSD during their weekly Grab N’ Go program. In addition, in-kind services for the entire meal program is currently nearing $20,000 and growing.

“The Pasadena Center Operating Company is pleased to help in this ongoing time of need and we are beyond grateful for the positive support from the City of Pasadena and our partners at Centerplate,” said Michael Ross, CEO of the PCOC. “We are fortunate to have the resources and volunteers to make this all possible and continue being a beacon of hope and support for those in need.”

About the Pasadena Center Operating Company

The Pasadena Center Operating Company is a non-profit 501(c)(4) dedicated to promoting Pasadena as a meeting and travel destination in an effort to maximize economic impact through the development of meetings, conventions, entertainment events and tourism by providing professionally managed facilities and first-class service. For more information, log on to www.VisitPasadena.com.

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Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau Contact
Crystal Williams
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications