Fresh Produce Programs including Rapid Food Distribution (20%)
The Food Bank is acquiring the most nutritious food available for distribution to agencies and through Food Bank programs including:
Rapid Food Distribution
• Through Rapid Food Distribution the Food Bank is able to get highly nutritious, perishable fruits and vegetables out to our agencies just in time for distribution.
• This program uses the Food Bank’s refrigerated beverage truck to transport fresh, perishable foods to agencies that have very limited refrigeration.
• Last year, more than 3.8 million pounds of produce and perishable food items are distributed through this program.
Other Produce Programs
• The Food Bank distributes more than 50 million pounds of food annually. Fresh fruits and vegetables comprise the largest food category - 20% of the total.
• Through the Agency Drive Thru Program, Front Dock Distribution and Food Bank Senior and Kids’ programs, the Food Bank distributes a wide selection of fresh produce all year-round.
Extra Helpings is a prepared and perishable food rescue program that routes significant quantities of unserved food from caterers, restaurants, hotels, bakeries and other food service establishments to charitable agencies that feed the needy in Los Angeles County.
Donors call the Product Donations Department at 1-877-NOHUNGER (664-8643) extension 161 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. They provide the Food Bank with the following information: pick-up
location, contact person, contact phone number, day and time of pick-up, and the type of product that is available. The Food Bank is open only during regular business hours, but pick-ups for Extra Helpings may occur after hours or during the weekend. We need as much advance notice as possible in order to make arrangements.
Typically we link the donor to a nearby agency for pick-up to ensure the donation is used as quickly as possible. For larger events or ongoing regular pick-ups, the Food Bank may arrange to pick up the donation in one of our refrigerated trucks. In either case, the donor will receive a receipt when the pick-up is made. Donations may be tax deductible. Ask your tax advisor about the benefits of donating to a nonprofit organization.
Donations made to nonprofit organizations “in good faith” are protected under the Federal Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act and California laws that release donors from liability. Additionally, all member charities sign a waiver releasing the donor from liability.
For information on how to donate food through this program, please contact the Food Bank's Product Donations Department.