Nancy Silverton’s Chi Spacca to offer free meals, supplies to struggling restaurant workers starting Thursday

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Chef Nancy Silverton at Osteria Mozza. Restaurant workers who have been laid off or seen significant losses in hours and/or pay as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are eligible for free meals and supplies at Silverton’s restaurant, Chi Spacca.(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

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A local restaurateur is turning a popular Los Angeles eatery into a relief center for laid off and struggling restaurant workers.

Beginning Thursday, co-owner Nancy Silverton says those in need can come to the Chi Spacca restaurant at 6610 Melrose Avenue in the Hancock Park neighborhood for food and supplies.

Three hundred packaged dinners will be given out every day between 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on a first-come first-served basis, with a limit of two meals per person, Silverton said in an Instagram post.

Everyone will be asked to show proper identification and proof of recent employment at a restaurant.

“We will also have supplies on hand for those in need: diapers, wipes, baby food, non-perishable canned foods and cereals, toilet paper, and Tylenol,” the post states.

The amount of supplies each person can take will also be limited, but they will be free to those in need, Silverton said.

The plan is to keep the relief center open “throughout the quarantine period or until we can no longer financially support the program,” she said.

Silverton is the co-owner of three Los Angeles area restaurants, including Chi Spacca, Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza.

Long lines are expected for the food giveaway, but everyone was still asked to practice social distancing by standing 6-feet apart.

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Thanks to @chefedwardlee 🚨 Starting on March 19, in partnership with Maker’s Mark we will turn 6610 Melrose Ave into a relief center for any restaurant worker who has been laid off or has had a significant reduction in hours and/ or pay. We are offering help for those in dire need of food and supplies. Each night, we will pack hundreds of to go dinners that people can come to pick up and take home. Dinners are offered on a first come first serve basis. Limit 2 to a person unless there is an emergency situation. ——————— We will also have supplies on hand for those in need: diapers, wipes, baby food, non-perishable canned foods and cereals, toilet paper, and Tylenol. We will limit how much any one person can take of these supplies, but they will be handed out free to those in need. We will continue to offer this program throughout the quarantine period or until we can no longer financially support the program. ——————— Details of the program are below: – Dinner pick up address: 6610 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 – This program will be offered 7 nights a week until otherwise notified. – Pick up time is 5:30 pm to 8:30pm nightly. – Everyone must show proper ID and have some identifying paperwork to prove recent employment at a restaurant. – We ask everyone to be patient should there be long lines. – We will be offering 300 dinners a night, first come first serve. The line will be practicing social distancing between people – 6ft. apart.

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