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Brown Bag Lady started in March 2014. The idea first came to mind one Christmas morning when my son and I packed up my car and we went downtown Christmas morning, stood on a corner, and we handed out turkey dinners. I didn’t have much money, but I had about $200, which I used to make 70 meals, which included mashed potatoes & gravy, I baked two turkeys, a pot of collard greens, and a biscuit. I looked around and noticed Christmas morning on Skid Row is far different from other neighborhoods. It bothered me all year. The following year, I did the same thing, but asked for my friends to chip in. Christmas 2013, we fed 130 people and also gave away gently worn clothes and shoes that I had been collecting all year long. I couldn’t get those images out of my head. Hence…Brown Bag Lady was born.


We work strictly from donations, and once a month everyone meets, we make the brown bag lunches, which includes a turkey sandwich, a banana, a bag of chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water. Each month I tape a positive quote to each sandwich bag. People tell me it’s a waste of time and no one will read the quotes. I don’t care what people say.  If just one person gets a little inspiration from reading the quotes, then that’s good enough for me. 

I started off making 100 lunches. It was just me, my son and a few volunteers. We are now up to giving away 200 lunches. I would love to do more, unfortunately, we do not have the resources.


I tell the people down on Skid Row every month that I will be back. Each month they tell me I’m going to flake or I won’t show up. I promised them “Come hell or high water, rain or shine, if no one else shows up, I will be here and you will have a lunch!” We haven’t missed a Sunday yet!

Thanks to your generosity, since 2014,
28,200 meals have been delivered to Skid Row.

3,000 have been warm turkey dinners on Christmas.

All made possible from your donation!

Thank you!

© 2014 Brown Bag Lady ~ Post Office Box 36512, Los Angeles, CA 90036

a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID#46-4955457)

 All donations are tax-deductible

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