UNCOVER LA , January 12, 2021
When the pandemic shuttered scores of local businesses and social services, it also exacerbated the vulnerability of those in need. Community members with access to resources also stepped up, including Downtown Culver City's The Whole 9 art gallery.
What began as a COVID food bank for local students and their families resulted in Gratitude Market, a new globally-inspired grocery boutique that now shares space with the art gallery. Customers can now restock their pantries, kitchens, and yes, even their halls and walls, and there's a permanent food pantry that's open every Wednesday and "provides food for some of our neighbors, [from] our neighbors," says shop owner and founder Lisa Schultz.