The Everest Foundation has partnered with actor Danny Trejo to distribute food and Bibles to homeless American veterans in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Roughly 1,000 meals were prepared for distribution at the San Vicente VA campus on September 25. Witnesses report that veterans were pleased to receive the food in recognition of the sacrifices they made for their country.
This community outreach project is called “Bibles and Tacos,” representing an ongoing partnership between the Everest Foundation and Trejo’s successful restaurant concept, Trejo’s Tacos.
Trejo said in a statement that the event was intended to feed veterans “both physically and mentally,” acknowledging that some battle scars cannot be seen. He also noted that it was “right” to do his part to support veterans in their time of need.
Both parties hope to expand the program nationally in the future, though there are currently no specific plans in place. The event on September 25 was a one-time deal.
The Everest Foundation is a non-profit dedicated to funding medical research at University-based residency programs in a variety of specializations, including family medicine, psychiatry, pathology, and general surgery.
The organization also strives to help medical residents understand the unique needs of veterans so they can provide superior care. For example, the Everest Foundation is an active participant in the Exoskeleton Program at the New York Bronx VA, a program that explores cutting-edge medical treatments to help veterans with significant spinal cord injuries learn how to walk again.
Furthermore, Everest scholars are encouraged to spend 3-5 years post-residency providing support to underserved communities such as veterans, those experiencing homelessness, and other disadvantaged groups.
The Everest Foundation was founded following the 2008 death of Dr. Edwin Everest, a world-renowned physician, and educator with a passion for providing medical residents with the educational opportunities they need to become successful doctors.
Dr. Everest was also a devout Christian who believed that aspiring doctors required spiritual as well as scientific training. This is why Bibles were provided as part of the Bibles and Tacos program.
Dr. Everest’s wife, Mrs. Bimla Everest, and his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Agata Everest, played instrumental roles in the organization’s founding to continue his legacy.
The current Chairman of the Everest Foundation is Dr. Michael Everest, Edwin’s son. This Dr. Everest is known as a top-notch physician and philanthropist in his own right.
When asked about his dad’s goals, Dr. Everest responded that his mission was to touch other lives in as meaningful a manner as possible. Dr. Michael Everest strives to continue this mission in all aspects of his life, including his charitable work with the Everest Foundation.
The organization has grown exponentially with the younger Dr. Everest at the helm, funding research into everything from stem cell therapies to nanotechnologies. The nonprofit is particularly interested in combating cancer and cardiac disease, though it plays an active role in many other fields as well.
The organization has also partnered with some of the best-regarded educational institutions, including Stanford University, Texas Tech University, the University of Texas, Northwestern University, and the University of California-Irvine. Danny Trejo is a well-regarded Hollywood actor best known for his portrayal of the Machete character in Robert Rodriguez’s series of the same name. He branched out into the culinary world by launching Trejo’s Tacos with his partners in 2016 and added additional concepts called Trejo’s Cantina and Trejo’s Coffee & Donuts to his multi-million dollar restaurant empire in 2017.