WEST HOLLYWOOD—The city of West Hollywood will be participating in AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) food drive from Tuesday, December 1 to Thursday, December 31 by hosting donation bins at West Hollywood City Hall.

APLA, known as one of the largest AIDS service organizations in the nation, serving more than 11,000 with HIV/AIDS care and prevention programs, will conduct the food drive across Los Angeles County. The organization welcomes donations of non-perishable food and personal hygiene items to people living with HIV/AIDS.

According to a press release from the city of West Hollywood, “Donations will help supplement groceries available through APLA’s Vance North Necessities of Life Program (NOLP), which operates the nation’s largest network of food pantries for people with HIV/AIDS from eight unique locations.”

NOLP offers pre-bagged groceries ranging from fresh dairy, frozen meats, vegetables, and canned and dry goods. The program additionally offers hygiene items,  cleaning supplies. and one-on-one billingual nutritional counseling and classes.

The city of West Hollywood encourages individuals to purchase and donate any of the following non-perishable or personal items for APLA’s holiday-time food drive:

-Whole-grain cereal

-Canned meats

-Canned fruits and vegetables

-Chicken or vegetable stock

-Peanut butter

-Cooking oils

-Non-perishable juices (100-percent juice)

-Evaporated milk

-Coffee and teas

-Personal-hygiene items, such as: toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo, mouthwash, feminine-hygiene products, etc.

For a downloadable shopping checklist and additional food-drive drop-off locations, visit www.apla.org/fooddrive.

For more information, contact Derek Murray, city of West Hollywood’s Social Services Program Administrator, at (323) 848-6478. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.