New Food Bank Study Finds Nearly One Million County Residents Received Food Assistance During 2009

In February, the Food Bank published a new study, Hunger In Los Angeles County 2010, reporting that a record 983,400 Los Angeles County residents received food assistance from food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters served by the Food Bank last year. This total represents nearly 1 in 10 residents of Los Angeles County. Children comprise 40 percent of people receiving food assistance.

While the report covers the majority of the Food Bank’s service reach, it does not include those served through all Food Bank programs including our Kids Cafe, BackPack Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) and other programs.

The results show that though food pantries and other agencies are serving more people than ever, these agencies are also reporting the need for more food and other resources to meet the growing demand for food assistance due primarily to the high unemployment rate.

Specific findings include:

The total number of people receiving food assistance has increased by 46 percent since 2005 from 674,000 people annually to 983,400 people in 2009.

The number of children receiving food assistance has more than doubled from 189,000 in 2005 to 393,000 children in 2009.

For adults currently working or who have worked before, 20 percent have held managerial or professional jobs during their career.

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April 19 - May 14

Our second annual Food From The Bar campaign is set to begin on April 19th and runs through May 14th.  This campaign is a competition between the legal community throughout Los Angeles County to raise food, funds and volunteer to fight hunger..

For more information click here.


Saturday, May 22

7th Annual Wine Tasting

Save the date for the Food Bank's 7th Annual Wine Tasting & Silent Auction at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. 


For more information or to order tickets click here.


Other Ways You Can Help:

To make a financial donation, provide in-kind services, or learn about our planned giving program contact Nancy Nagel at (323) 234-3030 ext. 147.

To donate food or products contact Jeanna Kindle at ext. 129.

To volunteer contact Ana Martinez at ext. 144.

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Foodbank to appear on next episode of NBC's
"The Biggest Loser"
on March 2nd.

This episode marks the third time that the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has hosted contestants from the show.  You can help the Food Bank by joining the Pound for Pound challenge below:


For every pound you pledge to lose through June 30, 2010, the Pound For Pound Challenge will donate 14˘ to Feeding America — enough to deliver one pound of groceries to a local food bank.

Click Here to watch who benefits from the Pound For Pound Challenge


View the Food Bank's New PSA Campaign

Actor Ryan Phillippe has donated his time to create a new public service announcement (PSA) for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Click here for a sneak peek of the new PSA.


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