In order to supplement our donated food inventory, financial donations made to our Emergency Food Fund (EFF) allow the Food Bank to purchase high-demand, nutritious food items and pay for the distribution of these food items. Virtual food drives, an on-line alternative to traditional food drives, are an efficient way for a donor to make a financial contribution to purchase food and leverage the Food Bank’s purchasing power.
Similar to our Children and Youth program, Food For Families provides food grants to agencies that primarily serve families with children. Donated funds are credited to agencies’ Food bank accounts, allowing agencies to receive food from the Food Bank at no cost. These food grants enable agencies to stretch resources and provide more food and essential services for needy families.
In 2008, our Food Distribution Fund helped provide the resources to distribute 24 million pounds of food at no cost to Food Bank agencies. Donations to the fund offset expenses for processing, storing and distributing donated food.
Disaster Relief Fund
Funds designated for this fund are utilized to offset the costs of collection, storage and distribution of product in the event of a disaster.
Public Policy and Advocacy
As a leader in the fight against hunger, the Food Bank advocates on the federal, state and local level for policies that increase the resources available for people facing hunger.
In order to educate the public of the extent of hunger and its consequences, the Food Bank publishes hunger reports and policy briefs and collaborates with other organizations such as the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research to publish hunger reports.
As part of our mission to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community, the Food Bank runs a CalFresh Outreach Program in partnership with the LA County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) and our charitable agency partners.
With the growing problem of obesity and other health problems related to the diet of many Americans, the Food Bank conducts nutrition education workshops for food recipients and for agency representatives providing the service.