Compton native Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine donated $200,000 to the Compton United Relief Fund with explicit donation instructions on how the funds were to be spent. The April 2020 letter detailed $30,000 were to be used to support a network of food banks, that would provide 1,000 units of packaged groceries per day, feeding 4,000 (1,000 families of 4) and meal packages delivered to seniors on a weekly basis. Residents are crying foul because the city has selected one organization to handle the food bank and other resident found the food in a dumpster at a local park.
“Donors to the relief fund gave instructions that only certified food pantries could receive their funds,” said Mayor Aja Brown during a recent city council meeting. The Compton Chamber of Commerce has been awarded $140,000 between June and December 2020 to operate a food pantry.
The only certified food pantries in Compton are the Salvation Army and Tamarind Ave. SDA Church.
The CCC food bank was initially run out of the Compton Careerlink on Bullis Rd, but was moved to Leuders Park.
A resident happened to be near Leuders Park and saw a dumpster filled to the brim of expired food.
“I wanna believe that there’s a reasonable explanation for this huge dumpster full of produce at Leuder’s Park where the city food pantry is stationed” said Tia Walker. “These are not empty boxes. WTF??”
A member of the CCC board, Fred Castro, took to social media to blame residents for not picking up the food, while residents commented that had they known about the food giveaways, they would have participated.
“Where are they promoting the giveaways?,” asked Ree Ree. “I only stumbled across one because it was at a park where I live.”
2UrbanGirls initiated a public records request on who the donors were to the relief fund, and how those funds were spent.
- $140,000 to Compton Chamber of Commerce
- $45,000 to Propharmatech for rapid COVID tests
- $19,000 to Vail Dunlap on back to work kits
- $44,000 to Everytable for meals
- $36,000 on branded face masks
- $8,784 to Kitchenrestock.com for three reach in freezers
To view the full list of vendors, checks and backup documentation of who received funds click here.
The city was only able to provide documentation showing the only donors to the relief fund were Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
**this article has been updated to correctly report the Compton Chamber of Commerce state record shows they are in good standing with the Franchise Tax Board**