East Side Riders Bike Club is a Watts based nonprofit that has hosted weekly food giveaways to Watts residents. The club’s founder John Jones III is a Watts resident who took to feeding the city’s residents at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Helping my community has always been my #1 concern,” said Jones. “I sacrifice time away from my family and friends to make sure the community is taken care of.”
Jones and more than a dozen volunteers set up daily in front of Chase bank at the corner of 103rd and Compton Ave and pass out approximately 800 meals per day. Breakfast includes pancakes and sausage and food and is served beginning at 9am.
Through the generosity of sponsors: Councilman Joe Buscaino and Herb Wesson, California Blue Shield, Watts Neighborhood Council, ABAR Foundation, Smart & Final, A.G. Rojas, Jim Pocrass, Positive Results Corporation and Kenya Barris, the club has been able to consistently provide hot breakfast and lunch to hundreds of families.
Jones says his mother was a driving force in his determination to give back to the community.
“As a youth my mom was teaching me everything I needed to know to get my mind where it is today,” said Jones. “My community is why I am here and I will do everything to make it better.”
East Side Riders Bike Club began as a way to prevent kids from joining gangs and help those less fortunate through community bike rides and mentorship.
If you would like to donate to the club, who is a registered nonprofit, please contact Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org.