Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu said Tuesday his office has partnered with the First-In Fire Foundation and The Original Farmers Market to bring fresh meals to firefighters and support local restaurants.

The Firehouse Dinners pilot program is funded by the foundation and Ryu’s office to bring fresh cooked meals from restaurants in the Farmers Market in the Fairfax District to local firefighters as they deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

“Our first responders are working around the clock to keep Angelenos safe during this pandemic,” Ryu said. “They need hearty, nutritious meals and our local restaurants need the support. Through the great partnership … we’ve been able to put our local businesses to work feeding our firefighters.”

Firehouse Dinners has already sent meals to Los Angeles Fire Department Station 61, which is just down the street from The Original Farmers Market, Ryu’s office said.

Firefighters can choose meals from restaurants and vendors within the market, and although many of the eateries have remained open for to-go meals, they have seen a drop in business since the coronavirus pandemic hit Los Angeles, according to Ryu’s office.

“Firefighters traditionally shop, cook and pay for their own dinners themselves, but right now our firefighters are safer to serve us (without standing in) grocery store lines,” said Lyn Cohen, president of the First-In Fire Foundation. “With this pilot … we can have their back and support local small merchants by simply dining.”

The councilman said the goal is to expand the program to more fire stations. More information is available at firstinfirefoundation.org.

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