Posted on 10/16/2021


LOS ANGELES - Mayor Eric Garcetti today joined Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Curren Price at the Taste of Soul Community Day Service & Soul to distribute gift cards for Black-owned restaurants in South L.A.

“Taste of Soul embodies the best of who we are in the City of Angels, from our spirit and rich cultural traditions to our generosity,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Coming out of such a difficult year-and-a-half, this festival is such a meaningful opportunity to feed the souls and stomachs of Angelenos, while supporting the businesses that are the beating heart of South L.A.” 

Taste of Soul (TOS), one of the largest annual family festivals in Southern California, is sponsored by the City, the County, Bakewell Media, LA Sentinel, and others. Mayor Garcetti is one of the chairs of this annual event. To protect public health and safety, this year TOS hosted a drive-thru Community Day of Service & Soul. 

Throughout his tenure, Mayor Garcetti has encouraged spirit of service and volunteerism. In 2017, Mayor Garcetti, in partnership with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, created VolunteerLA to lift and strengthen volunteerism in the City and across the region. To help connect Angelenos to meaningful service opportunities, the VolunteerLA nonprofit directory ( was launched in April 2020 to make it easier for Angelenos to find and learn about hundreds of local nonprofits needing volunteer support to create positive change in our communities and build a stronger city.