- Rock star legend Dave Grohl helped cook meals at a Los Angeles animal shelter during a severe storm.
- Writer Liz Seccuro tweeted a photo of Grohl bringing his own smoker and cooking for 16 hours.
- “When the aliens come here and say, ‘Who’s in charge?’ I think we’re taking her to Dave Grohl,” she wrote.
On February 22nd, most people in Los Angeles shut the hatches to prepare for the massive rain and snow storm heading towards the city. But rock legend Dave Grohl wasn’t staying home. Instead, he drove to the nonprofit organization Hope the Mission with his two giant BBQ smokers and several friends. Together they bought, prepared, cooked and served 450 dinners for people seeking shelter.
“He provided the food and time and was caught in the middle of a storm last week when he was caught cooking for over 24 hours,” Grace Ancheta, the mission’s director of development, told Insider via email.
She continued, “Dave has cooked over 450 dinners for several of our lodgings and stayed to serve all of our attendees at the Trebek Center.”
Grohl’s presence at the shelter was documented by a Twitter writer named Liz Allman Seccuro, who shared a picture of the rock star in the kitchen.
“Paid for everything. Worked 16 hours,” she wrote. “So when the aliens come here and say ‘Who’s in charge?’ I think we’ll take her to Dave Grohl.”
—Liz Allman Seccuro (@LizSeccuro) February 28, 2023
Here is a full version of her picture sent to us by Hope the Mission:
The emergency shelter at the Trebek Center, where Grohl volunteered, is one of many places Hope the Mission is serving the people of Los Angeles and raising funds to open more family shelters. As Grohl churned, nonprofit founder Ken Craft and President Rowan Vansleve found themselves in the middle of a Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles fundraiser.
“Ken and Rowan are currently on day 12 of the run, which they estimate will last around 21 days,” Ancheta said in the Mail.
As seen in the photos, Grohl and his friends worked most of the night to keep the meat cooking and then helped prepare sandwiches and sides for a full plate.
In the days following Grohl’s visit, the Los Angeles area was hit with massive amounts of rain and even snow, depending on the elevation of the neighborhoods. This meant additional dangers and risks for homeless and vulnerable people. And it seems many more LA residents will need extra support (and hot meals) in the coming month.
“UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said about 20% of the forecast models are currently depicting a very strong and warm atmospheric river storm in California around mid-March,” the LA Times reported Wednesday, a week after Grohl’s visit to the shelter. These atmospheric “river storms” swept across California as early as early 2023, causing levee breaches and “nearly two dozen deaths.”
For more information on Hope the Mission, visit the nonprofit’s Instagram page.