CHATSWORTH, CA – Times are tough, and sometimes good Mexican food can make a big difference.
Board member John Lee has partnered with renowned Chatsworth Los Toros restaurant to create the “Dine at Home” program, which provides free dinner to food insecure residents of District 12. Residents who have served as gatekeepers, educators, or who have “gone beyond the call of duty to serve others during these trying times” are also eligible, according to a statement from Lee.
The program is in part sponsored by Change Reaction, a nonprofit organization that provided grocery gift cards to some residents of District 12 and provided interest-free loans and business advice to small businesses in the district. The change reaction presented Los Toros with a $ 25,000 loan in December through their Small Business Angel Fund, which helped bring the restaurant back to a time when owner Nicolas Montaño feared his 53-year-old restaurant would not survive the pandemic.
Montaño, who was has just been elected to serve on the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, has a long history of supporting community initiatives. The restaurant regularly feeds the homeless, firefighters, funds scholarships, and hosts golf fundraisers. In February, Montaño and Lee delivered meals to Emergency and Intensive Care Staff at West Hills Hospital.
To request a free meal or nominate someone you think deserves, please complete this form: http://bit.ly/CD12dinneronus. For any questions, contact [email protected] or call Sharon Bronson at 818-882-1212.