(NewsNation Now) — South LA Cafe is putting the community first, serving up coffee and connection.

Joe and Celia Ward-Wallace, two lifelong South Los Angeles residents, are passionate about coffee but wanted their community to have access to fresh, affordable, healthy food options.

So, they opened their cafe after decades of living in a food desert.

“We’re just trying to provide for the community. Since COVID hit, it ignited us to want to do something about people not having a way to get something to eat,” Joe explained. “So we created what we call the grocery giveaway.”

Celia said that for more than 100 weeks now, the couple has distributed free groceries to 1,000 people a week in the community.

“We say coffee, community, connection. The coffee is what brings the community and the connection is what they receive,” she explained. “And the mission is playing out every day in our…

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