Culver City Man Spends Saturdays Caring for the Hungry and Homeless
Each Thursday Ehrlich posts a reminder on Facebook for people to bring him lunches before noon on the coming Saturday to feed the homeless. Often local stores such as The 99 Cent Store, Costco, and Smart & Final are suggested as good places for food.
“Your generosity is so appreciated,” Ehrlich states. “We are so grateful for the lunches, blankets, and women’s sanitary items that were received and distributed last week. Time again to remind all to please bring lunches to feed the homeless this Saturday, before noon.”
According to Sandra Coopersmith, who spent time with Ehrlich learning about his service for the hungry and homeless in the Culver City Real Estate area, “Every Saturday morning the dining room in Ehrlich’s Sunkist Park home is transformed into a workstation where sandwiches are made and bagged for distribution to the poor and homeless he encounters along his route that day. Leftover food and any merchandise that has been donated by the public or local businesses–such as clothing or toiletries–are dropped off at a shelter. Ehrlich welcomes donations for his efforts, as well as help in preparing the sack lunches.“
“People sometimes call me at night during the week after a party or event and tell me they have all this leftover food and don’t know what to do with it,” Paul said. Ehrlich also mentioned that Whole Foods in Marina del Rey is a generous food contributor. He does not accept monetary donations.
For those who would like to prepare the lunches for the hungry and homeless in their own home, Paul recommends including a bologna or peanut-butter and jelly sandwich, processed cheese, mustard or mayonnaise, a piece of fruit, a dessert or energy bar, a bottle of water, and a napkin. Cookies are always appreciated as well. Ehrlich also accepts donations of new socks, toiletries, blankets and pillows, and tarps.
Martin Feinberg, local listing agent, notes that donated lunches or other items can be left at his home, 11472 Diller Ave., near El Marino Park.