2022 Annual Report

Review the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s 2022 Annual Report to learn more about pandemic response and donor highlights.

Dear Friends of the Food Bank,

During 2022, the Food Bank responded to numerous challenges that kept the demand for food assistance from families and individuals throughout Los Angeles County at a high level. Thanks to the strong support of food, volunteer, in-kind and financial contributions, the Food Bank was able to reach an average of more than 800,000 people every month throughout 2022.

Michael Flood
President
CEO
Whitney Jones Roy
Chairperson, Board of Directors
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Working with many partners, the Food Bank distributed more than 110 million pounds of food and product, valued at $200+ million, to millions of families, older adults, children and individuals seeking assistance. The goal of our collective efforts is to ensure that our neighbors do not experience the devastating impact of hunger.

The Food Bank’s Nutrition Education, CalFresh Outreach, Children’s Nutrition and Senior Nutrition programs expanded their reach and service during 2022 thanks to increased financial support for these programs. The Food Bank also expanded its Diaper Program and Menstrual Products Program in order to provide additional essential resources to people throughout Los Angeles County.

During 2022, the Food Bank continued to increase the capacity of our more than 600 partner agencies by purchasing refrigerated vans and trucks, commercial refrigerators and freezers, and other equipment needed for their sites. This increased capacity allows our agency partners to acquire, store and distribute more perishable, frozen, and other foods helping more people seeking food assistance in their community. Our Extra Helpings Program continues to be an efficient food recovery model for our agency partners to access nutritious food in their neighborhoods and distribute the food to people in need.

In 2019, the Food Bank launched a Comprehensive Campaign to pay for the acquisition of a building in the City of Industry, the building improvements required for the building, and the Food Bank’s ongoing operations and programs. We surpassed the four-year $165 million goal in late 2022, raising $177 million. The Industry building has been critical to our response to the pandemic. Once we complete the installation of the refrigeration and make other improvements, the building will significantly increase the Food Bank’s capacity to serve the community for years to come.

We are heartened that we live in a place that is the home of so many generous people like you who have made hunger relief a priority, giving those in our community hope for a better and brighter future. Thank you for your support of the Food Bank as we continue to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community.

Thanks to Your Generous Support in 2022

$205.3

Million

worth of food and product distributed.

110

Million

pounds of food and grocery products were distributed through our 600 Partner Agencies or Food Bank Programs.

88

Million

meals were distributed to hungry neighbors.

A mother and her two children at a distribution at Citrus College

Vision

No one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.

In 2022, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
and our partners helped 800,000 people each month.

Fighting Hunger Amid Rising Prices

High levels of inflation in 2022 made life more challenging for vulnerable communities in Los Angeles County, which were still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic fallout. With prices rising across the board, essential items such as food, utilities and housing have become increasingly unaffordable for those who are already struggling to make ends meet. This results in an elevated need for budgetary relief, as families have to choose between paying for basic necessities and putting food on the table. Inflation has created an additional layer of financial stress for individuals and families, exacerbating the existing economic challenges faced by low-income and underserved communities.

1 in 5 people
in LA County
face food insecurity.

Mayo Elementary Principal Fleming Robertson

Nurturing Future Generations

“Students who are more comfortable and well nourished are always going to be more receptive to being in the classroom and more focused on the work.”

Fleming Robertson
Principal, Mayo Elementary
A mother with her young son and infant daughter at Mayo Elementary

The Backpack Program

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s BackPack Program helps fight child hunger by providing food to students and their families after school. When students have good food to eat, their academic performance, behavior and overall health are positively impacted. 

The BackPack Program is just one of the many food assistance programs the LA Regional Food Bank provides. An estimated 24% of the Food Bank’s food goes to children. Other programs include the After School Meal Program, the Children’s Breakfast Program, and the Summer Lunch and Breakfast programs. Children also benefit from the Mobile Food Pantry and the distributions at Food Bank partner agencies. 

FOX CORPORATION

Fox Corporation sponsors the BackPack program at Main Street Elementary and Mayo Elementary, providing nutritious food to children and their families each week during the school year.

BackPack Program Distribution at Mayo Elementary
Robbin Steif
“I am proud to support the LA Regional Food Bank, firmly believing that no one should go hungry, and I have recently learned the importance of providing matching gift funds to inspire others to donate and help with food and nutrition insecurity, as it truly takes a village.”

Robbin Steif

Helping Older Generations

Maria, food recipient at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation — one of the LA Regional Food Bank’s partner agencies.

Since 1963, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank partner agency, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), has been serving the Los Angeles community through services ranging from early childhood to senior services.

As a senior living on a fixed income, Maria Perez can’t afford the hike in price for something as simple as napkins. Something she used to purchase for $0.99 now costs $2.99. Every time she has to go to the grocery store, she panics as she knows there’ll be something new she can’t purchase. Supporting the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank helps people like Maria access basic necessities. 

I came to get fruits and vegetables – it helps on the household budget with food prices having gone up as much as they have.

Donor Spotlight

Shelley Conger with her two dogs
The John Jay Hopkins Foundation

“The John Jay Hopkins Foundation and I are delighted to give back to our community by providing healthy and nutritious food to children, seniors and families through the work of the Food Bank. Supporting the health and well-being of our neighbors by ensuring they have access to quality and wholesome food items and products is an excellent way to make a positive and meaningful difference in the lives of so many. It brings us great joy to know that our philanthropic support plays a significant role in honoring the humanity of others by meeting their need for food and strengthening our community for a better and brighter future.“

—Shelley L. Conger,
The John Jay Hopkins Foundation

Help Alleviate Hunger for Vulnerable Populations, Including Older Adults and Children

For more information, please contact Roger Castle, Chief Development Officer, at rcastle@lafoodbank.org or by phone at (323) 234-3030 x 147

Team #WeFeedLA

In 2021, supporters created almost 200 fundraisers and provided more than 1.2 million meals. Thank you to our Team WeFeedLA community for stepping up to alleviate hunger in LA County

Team WeFeedLA Logo

Top Fundraiser of the Year

Jim Yukevich Fundraising Campaign

Fighting food insecurity during a pandemic has allowed community members to think outside the box to rally their network of family, friends and colleagues to help families in need. Through Team #WeFeedLA, our online fundraising platform, we have witnessed unmatched creativity, kindness and compassion in the form of campaign launches, matching gifts, birthday fundraisers and more. We are inspired by those who stepped up during a critical time to get involved and to energize those around them to help combat the growing food-insecure problems in LA County.

Thank you to our top-performing campaigns

(Fundraisers raising more than $2,000)
Alpha Xi Delta – Cal Poly Pomona
Berkley Technology Underwriters
Cedars-Sinai Pharmacy Services
City National Bank – T&I Community Events and Outreach
CO Architects
Company 3
CSI Electrical Contractors
Glendale Church
Hallmark
HED LA 2022 Holiday Food Drive
IATSE Local 871
Kaiser Permanente Regional Offices and LA County Virtual Food Drive
Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles
Let’s Send Hunger Packing 2022: NorthStar Moving Company and Compass Real Estate
Material+
Mattel NAD
MoFo Team
MusickPeeler
NKSFB
Paul Revere Community Service Club
Providence
Retired Employees of LA County (RELAC)
Slalom LA
2022 State Employees Food Drive
Stratford Altadena
Tapcart
TSA’s Big Give 2022
Wheels Up
Wilson Sonsini Holiday Drive
Windsor Fashions
ZIFFREN BRITTENHAM LLP

Events

Food from the Bar volunteer event

Food From the Bar

During Food from the Bar, law firms and other legal organizations have a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money, collect the most food and contribute the most volunteer hours for the LA Regional Food Bank. In 2022, this campaign raised more than $600,000 to help fight hunger.

a million reasons table setting

A Million Reasons

The first annual A Million Reasons Dinner was a fundraiser led by Food Bank Board Members Keith Addis, Michael Montgomery and Mark Stegemoeller at elite chef and restaurateur Nancy Silverton’s home. This magical evening under the stars featured an incredible menu and generated more than 1 million meals from our generous donors to fight hunger throughout LA County. The evening was produced by Billy Harris and Paul Vitagliano.

Taste of the Rams 2022

Taste of the Rams

In 2022, Taste of the Rams was back in person and was held at the beautiful SoFi Stadium. Honorary chair Cooper Kupp and some of the best Los Angeles Chefs helped to raise funds to fight hunger throughout LA County.

Season for Sharing 2022

Season for Sharing

The 20th annual Season for Sharing event, presented by Ralphs/Food 4 Less, was held in December at the Omni Hotel Los Angeles. Throughout the event, the Food Bank honored donors, individuals, and organizations that have made significant contributions to the fight against hunger in Los Angeles County.

Donors Making a Difference

Feed SoCal 2022
Feed SoCal

In partnership with ABC7, the Food Bank invited community members to contribute to the cause by making financial gifts or dropping off donated food for families and individuals in need. This event was hosted at a new Stater Bros. Market in Whittier.

KTLA5 Food Drive
KTLA Live Food Drive

KTLA and the Food Bank hosted a “5 Live Food Drive” at L.A. LIVE at the Los Angeles Kings Holiday Ice Rink at Xbox Plaza. This event generated funds and food to help fight hunger in LA County.

Help for the Hungry Campaign on NBC4
NBC4 Help for the Hungry

In 2022, NBC4 and Telemundo 52 launched their fifth annual “Help for the Hungry” campaign to support Southern California food banks and fight hunger during the holiday season.

Campaign Update

In 2022, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank exceeded the ambitious Building Hope campaign goal of $165 million, raising $177 million. The success of the campaign allows the Food Bank to expand programs, renovate the City of Industry distribution center, reduce food waste and increase food distribution efforts. The new facility enables the Food Bank to expand its services and better serve those in need well into the future. The campaign received donations from a wide range of individuals and organizations, including corporations, foundations and philanthropists. The new facility will be equipped with
state-of-the-art technology to glean and package food for later distribution throughout LA County.

The successful completion of the campaign could not have been possible without the incredible support from the Food Bank’s Board of Directors, the Building Hope Campaign Committee and a community of very generous donors. Building Hope represents a major step forward in the fight against hunger in Los Angeles.

Bill and Karen

Brian and Karen Hennigan

“We have been long-time supporters of the LA Regional Food Bank and were extremely proud to serve on the Building Hope Campaign Committee. Surpassing our ambitious campaign goal ahead of schedule is a notable achievement, allowing the Food Bank to assist more families facing food insecurity.”

Thank you to our Campaign Cabinet

Donald Goodman
Co-Chair

Robert & Jane Ettinger
Co-Chairs

Keith Addis

Michael Flood

Brian & Karen Hennigan

Susan Leonard

Michael Montgomery

Robert Perille

Whitney Jones Roy

Mark Stegemoeller

Help us provide food resources to food-insecure children, families, seniors and individuals by sponsoring one of our drive-through or Mobile Food Pantry distributions.

For more information, please contact Roger Castle, Chief Development Officer, at rcastle@lafoodbank.org or by phone at (323) 234-3030 x 147

LA Regional Food Bank Partner Agencies

The majority of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s food and grocery products are distributed through a network of 600 partner agencies.

Antelope Valley Partners for Health: Elevating Community Spirit

Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) is a vital community-based organization that has been working tirelessly to improve the health and well-being of Antelope Valley residents, despite the challenges posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

AVPH, like many of the Food Bank’s partner agencies, provides food assistance to older adults who were disproportionately impacted by inflation. Many seniors are on fixed incomes, so as the cost of goods and services rises, their fixed income may no longer be sufficient to cover their expenses, leaving them struggling to make ends meet. Seniors often have higher healthcare costs than younger adults, and healthcare costs have been rising faster than the rate of inflation in recent years. In Los Angeles County, where the cost of living is already high, this can be an even greater burden for seniors.

Food Bank donors provide critical relief for our older neighbors, allowing them to live healthier, happier lives.

Maria, food recipient at Antelope Valley Partners for Health

Partner Agency Highlight

“This really helps. What I get here supplements what I get at the market, and helps me pay my other bills like electricity.”

-Maria Oliveros
Food recipient at AVPH

Thank you to our supporters

Honor Roll of Donors

Tomorrow Legacy Society

Founded to recognize donors who provide support through a bequest or planned gift

Top Product Donors

Board of Directors

Volunteers

#WeFeedLA

Donors who include the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in their estate plan are helping the Food Bank mobilize resources to fight hunger in LA County. Planned Giving donors, including those who have joined the Legacy Society, ensure that the Food Bank can impact those we serve well into the future.

Alan Mirman

“I am a proud member of the Feeding LA Legacy Society and have been a supporter of the LA Regional Food Bank for decades, through committee work, donations, and having served on the Board. Including the LA Regional Food Bank in my estate planning provides a legacy gift that will help feed the people of our community in the future.”

ALAN MIRMAN

Volunteer Spotlight

Kevin Daley, Food Bank volunteer

Kevin Daley

As one of the Food Bank’s 16,700 volunteers, Kevin worked 96 volunteer shifts for a total of 322 hours and has shown a consistent commitment to the Food Bank’s mission.

Everyone can do something to help fight hunger.

Donate

Help feed hungry children, families and seniors in our community.

Volunteer

In 2022, 16,000 volunteers gave their time and energy to the Food Bank. Without these volunteers, the Food Bank would need to hire additional full-time employees in order to meet the demand. Become a Hunger Hero who helps make our work possible.

Donate in Honor or in Memory

Honor the memory of a loved one or celebrate a friend or family member by making a tribute gift.

Start a #WeFeedLa Fundraiser

A #WeFeedLA team page is a fast, easy and convenient way to feed hungry neighbors in our community.

Join Our Monthly Giving Program

Through a monthly gift charged automatically to your credit card or other payment account, you can alleviate hunger in LA County. Your gift allows us to provide nutritious meals all year long.

Join the Legacy Society

Planned giving involves planning for a future gift to the Food Bank through your financial and estate plans.

Advocate

The LA Regional Food Bank also engages with local, state and federal government to advocate for policy that would decrease the overall need for food assistance.

Have Your Gift Matched

Double your impact by having your gift matched by your company if your employer has a matching gift program.

Thank You

On behalf of the entire Food Bank team, and the people we serve, thank you for fighting hunger in LA County.

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