Friday, September 22, 2023, 3:49 p.m
LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Homemade Thursdays delivers hot meals to homeless people in the Southland community. A local chef known as “The MoRock’in Chef” has prepared thousands of dishes over his 25-year career. His clients include high-profile clients such as former first lady Michelle Obama. However, every Thursday his culinary masterpieces are dedicated to those who need it most – the homeless population of Los Angeles.
After the pandemic, chef Bilal Rachid and his wife Benai Boyd started Homemade Thursdays. They cook hundreds of meals every Thursday to distribute to the homeless community.
“It just brings everyone together. It doesn’t matter who you are, it can be a man, a woman, gay, straight, black, white, religion, it doesn’t matter. Food brings everyone together,” Rachid said.
Rachid is of North African descent and began his career as a dishwasher in Italy. After years of hard work, he became a chef in New York City and Los Angeles. He even served in the White House a few years ago
“It comes from love. He puts his heart and soul into everything he creates, whether it be for Nichelle Obama or a homeless person,” Boyd said.
And the recipients of this food are grateful.
“They come and serve us good lunch and every time I open the box there are treats in it,” said Homemade Thursdays recipient Snoopy. “So today I was pretty amazed by the BBQ drumstick, mac and cheese, and quick cornbread. That was really tasty.”
Meals provide comfort to those who need it most
“This guy comes regularly, I see him a lot, I’ve seen him the whole time I’ve been out here,” Kiayana Hager said. “His food is great. We need more people who really want to help.”
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