50th Anniversary Celebration

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Celebrates 50 Years

Fighting Hunger for Half a Century

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been fighting hunger for half a century and, in that time, has provided more than 1.5 billion meals to children, seniors, families, and individuals throughout Los Angeles County. In the Food Bank’s first year, roughly 100,000 pounds of food was distributed, and the operation ran out of a 200-square-foot garage. The donated food was transported with a ten-year-old truck. Now, the Food Bank operates two major warehouses, manages a fleet of dozens of trucks and provides more than 100 million pounds of food annually.

Timeline

1973

1973

1973

Tony Collier, a cook at the Grandview Foundation in Pasadena begins collecting and distributing food. Collier received more food donations than anticipated and shares the food with organizations helping the hungry. The Grandview Food Bank is established and operates out of a 200 square foot garage on Marengo Avenue. For daily operations, the Food Bank uses a 1962 truck, which had been donated.

1977

1977

1977

A group of local residents, impressed by Collier’s work, forms the first board of directors and incorporates the Food Bank as a nonprofit corporation, Community Food Resources, Inc. Former Food Bank driver, Elijah Smith, becomes Executive Director and the operations move in to a 2,600 square foot building—formerly a dry cleaners—on Fair Oaks Boulevard.

1983

1983

1983

Doris Bloch becomes executive Director and the Food Bank moves to a 10,000 square foot warehouse in El
Monte. The Brown Bag Program and Emergency Food Assistance Program are launched, and the Food Bank affiliates with America’s Second Harvest, now Feeding America.

1989

1989

1989

The newly-named Los Angeles Regional Food Bank launches a capital campaign to build a 55,000 square foot distribution center at 1734 E. 41st Street in Los Angeles. The Food Bank distributes 18 million pounds of food and expands local food solicitation efforts significantly

1994

Historical photo of the LA Regional Food Bank's front dock

1994

The Food Bank responds to the second major disaster in three years, the Northridge Earthquake, by keeping food flowing to charities serving people in need.

2000

2000

2000

The Food Bank launches its second capital campaign to pay for the purchase and retrofit of two buildings at 1701 and 1727 E. 41st Place. The new buildings add 41,000 square feet. Michael Flood becomes the new Food Bank President/CEO.

2006

2006

2006

The BackPack Program is launched to provide elementary school kids with food.

2008

2008

2008

Food From the Bar, an annual, month-long fundraising and volunteering effort, begins in Los Angeles. The campaign is a friendly competition including legal firms, law schools and legal services organizations to see who can raise the most funds, acquire the most food and work the most volunteer hours for the Food Bank.

2011

2011

2011

The Food Bank launches a successful capital campaign that significantly upgrades the refrigerator and freezers allowing an increase in the distribution of more fresh produce and more nutritious food, including frozen poultry.

2012

2012

2012

The Mobile Food Pantry begins to distribute food across Los Angeles in places that do not have a brick and mortar food pantry. A refrigerated truck brings a combination of produce and perishable goods sourced from the USDA and food donors and is set up in a farmer’s market format.

2016

2018 Taste of the Rams

2016

The NFL Rams return to Los Angeles and partner with the Food Bank for the first annual Taste of the Rams event. Rams players and top LA Chefs teamed up for a tasting event in an effort to raise funds and awareness to fight hunger. The Food Bank celebrates delivering its Billionth Meal.

2020

2020

2020

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank responds to the largest food insecurity surge in the history of the Food Bank during the COVID-19 pandemic. Roughly one-tenth of the population of LA County was receiving food assistance from the Food Bank during the pandemic. Thanks to the Food Bank’s donors, volunteers and supporters, food distribution was ramped up rapidly to fight hunger throughout Los Angeles County. The Food Bank also acquires a new 260,000 square foot facility in the City of Industry, allowing for more food to be distributed.

2022

city of industry location of the LA Regional Food Bank

2022

The $165 million Building Hope Campaign is completed. The campaign funded expansion of programs and the acquisition and renovation of the City of Industry facility.

2023

LA Regional Food Bank with 50th seal

2023

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

50th Anniversary Blog Posts

Founding the Food Bank: Who Was Tony Collier?

Learn more about the founder of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Tony Collier.

Celebrating 50 years of service

1.6 Billion

meals provided since 1973

96%

of all revenue goes back to programs

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$50 provides enough funding for 200 meals

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