Distribution of Product and Food Bank Programs

Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) Household Distribution
This program provides agencies, primarily food pantries, with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities at no cost. Organizations (primarily food pantries) that provide food baskets to low-income individuals are eligible to receive USDA commodities. Each participating agency must submit monthly participation reports. The EFAP program is open to all low income clients. Soup kitchens and other hot meal programs open to the public are also eligible to receive USDA commodities through EFAP.
Rapid Food Distribution  
This new program allows a “just-in-time” delivery of fresh produce and other perishable foods to agencies before their distribution.  Given hat many agencies have very limited refrigeration, this allows nutritious food to get to recipients at agency sites, primarily food pantries.
Extra Helpings
This program helps our agencies obtain prepared, perishable food and other product primarily for meal programs. The Food Bank’s staff pairs restaurants, hotels, caterers and other donors who have extra food or product with nearby agencies who collect the food and use it to feed their clients. For information on how to donate food through this program, please contact the Food Bank's Product Donations Department.

Senior Nutrition Programs

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)  

The CSFP program is targeted for seniors 60 years and older, pregnant women, mothers postpartum for up to one year and children ages one to six. Each client must meet age and/or income qualifications required by the USDA. Qualified clients will receive one of six age prescribed food kits on a monthly basis. About 23,000 people, primarily seniors are served at CSFP distribution sites throughout LA County.



Programs for Children

Children learn better when their stomachs are full. At 42 sites 2,600 children receive healthy meals after school. When school is not in session, the Food Bank expands its program to provide lunch to 7,800 children at 110  summer sites. 
Our BackPack program ensures children do not go hungry on the days children are not in school. Every Friday during the school year, children receive a bag of fresh produce and enough food for 6 meals. We serve more than 2,600 children at 13 sites. We also deliver 600 bags of produce to 1 school site bimonthly. 
Meals for Minds distributes food to more than 500 children at 2 schools every month.
BackPack Program  
A program based on successful models developed at other food banks, the BackPack Program provides hungry children, at 12 sites, with a backpack full of food on Friday afternoons during the school year to provide nutrition during the weekend.

Other Food Bank Programs/Activities

Public Policy and Advocacy
As a leader in the fight against hunger, the Food Bank advocates on behalf of our network of agencies and the people we serve on the federal, state and local level. The Food Bank’s primary focus is on food and nutrition issues in order to reduce hunger throughout Los Angeles County.

CalFresh Outreach 
CalFresh is the new name for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in California.  Formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, this is a federal program run through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Through this program, the Food Bank sends trained outreach workers to food pantries during food distribution times.  While visiting the pantries, outreach workers are available to answer questions about the CalFresh program, and accept applications from clients who wish to apply. The Outreach Team is equipped with laptops and software that allow them to evaluate each client’s eligibility.

Nutrition Education
With growing concerns on childhood obesity and senior nutrition, many of our agencies have shown an interest in nutrition education workshops and information. The popularity of our nutrition education workshops at the All Agencies Conference continues to grow from year to year.  Through our Kids Café Program we provide weekly/monthly nutrition education classes at selected Kids Cafe sites.