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April 16, 2011 | 11:27 am


In Saturday's L.A. Times, columnist Sandy Banks takes us inside an unusual dinner venue -- the Jackie Robinson Center in Pasadena. But it's located in a part of Pasadena that has more in common with South-Central Los Angeles, according to the director of the center, than with Craftsman homes and bungalows:

The meals are provided by the Pasadena Food Bank, a small group of local do-gooders. Dinner began in December with 40 guests; last week almost 200 showed up. I've visited twice and was struck both times by the eclectic crowd: families straight from work and day care, elderly women in jewelry and leisure wear, homeless men with vacant stares.

"If you walk through the door," said food bank board member Walter Jackson, "we feed you." Read the rest of the column here.


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Photo: Dinner is served at the Jackie Robinson Center in Pasadena. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times