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2023 Impact Report

Thanks to your support in 2023, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and our partner agencies were able to provide food to an average of

900,000 People

each month.

2023 Philanthropic Impact Report

With your generous support, in 2023, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank provided 115 million pounds of food and other products to at-risk children, seniors, adults and families in Los Angeles County. Participants received enough nutritious food for approximately 93 million meals.

Your support for the Food Bank is critical.

Thank you for making a difference for people throughout LA County who struggle with food insecurity.

Michael Flood holding a check with two SoCal Gas employees



115 million

pounds of food and Product distributed

93 million

Meals provided to those in need

$1 Goes A Long Way

For each $1 donated, 96% goes directly to support programs and provide food assistance to children, seniors, individuals and families throughout Los Angeles County.

Your participation allowed the Food Bank and our partner agencies to provide nutritious food to people throughout Los Angeles County and support families struggling with food insecurity in 2023.

To see the impact of your gifts, please visit LAFoodBank.org/stories >

With your support, the Food Bank achieved the following outcomes in 2023:

The CalFresh Outreach Program helped eligible low-income individuals and families gain access to nutritious food through the California Department of Social Services CalFresh Program. We assisted clients in submitting 2,426 CalFresh applications.

We conducted Mobile Food Pantry distributions in accessible locations across Los Angeles County, including Drive-Through Food Distributions that served thousands of households. The Mobile Food Pantry Program distributed over 4 million pounds of nutritious food to over 514,000 people, enough for approximately 3.6 million meals.

The Extra Helpings Program rescued millions of pounds of food that would otherwise go to waste and distributed it to those in need. In 2023, Extra Helpings connected 220 partner agencies to donated food from 590 local donors, such as grocery stores, restaurants and bakeries. Agencies rescued 28.7 million pounds of food for distribution to those in need.

We increased access to nutritious food in underserved communities by supplying food and products to our network of 600 partner agencies. Our partners include food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, youth centers, homeless shelters, faith-based organizations, and community colleges, among others. In 2023, 1.6 million diapers were distributed to 32,963 households through our agency network.

The Nutrition Education Program promoted healthy eating and lifestyle choices through engaging classes, activities and outreach. The Food Bank’s Health Educators conducted live online recipe demonstrations and nutrition classes attended by 358 pantry participants. In addition to live classes, we recorded 63 recipe videos in English and Spanish featuring simple, healthy ingredients. The videos are available on the Food Bank’s YouTube channel.

Children's Nutrition Programs

A small boy smiles with his lunch during a free summer meals distribution at Bristow Park during the 2023 summer

Program Snapshot:

In 2023, the Food Bank served over 194,410 children every month through direct and indirect programs.

Our Children’s Nutrition Programs included:

The Afterschool Meal and Summer Lunch Programs distributed 70,202 prepared meals to children in need, including healthy breakfasts, lunches, and after-school meals. 

The BackPack Program provided grocery kits containing 580,286 pounds of nutritious food to at-risk children at high-need schools in the Los Angeles and Compton Unified School Districts. 

The Children’s Breakfast Program distributed kits containing 286,816 pounds of healthy breakfast foods such as oatmeal, pancake mix, and dried fruit.

Client Voices

Presilla Kim is a Program Coordinator in after-school youth services at one of the Food Bank’s trusted partner agencies, Koreatown Youth and Community Center (KYCC). She sees the impact hunger can have on a child’s willingness and capacity to learn, and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. Presilla shared, “A lot of our students come to KYCC without a snack, without lunch. When we pick them up from school, many say, ‘I’m hungry.’ or ‘I didn’t have food today.’ Working with the LA Regional Food Bank has been really great because there are great options. The food is well-balanced. Kids get protein, fruit and vegetables and milk. We used to go straight into homework time, but we saw at least half of the students were not focused or cranky. Now, we feed them first, and we’ve seen a huge difference.” 

Senior Nutrition Programs

An elderly woman smiles as she receives food

Program Snapshot:

In 2023, the Food Bank’s Senior Nutrition Programs and Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) distributed 2.1 million pounds of nutritious food to more than 47,000 low-income seniors and vulnerable older adults each month across Los Angeles County.

Program Activities Included:

Delivering groceries directly to the homes of food-insecure seniors, with help from delivery partners as well as our own vehicles and drivers.

Providing food to 113 senior-focused partner agencies, including senior centers and senior housing sites. In addition to supplying food, we supported our partner agencies with equipment such as cold storage, expanding agencies’ capacity to help more seniors in need over the years to come.

Client Voices

The LA Regional Food Bank is the primary source of food products for the San Gabriel Family Center, one of 600 LA Regional Food Bank partner agencies. These food distributions are a lifeline for seniors like Julia Farher, who does not have a set budget for groceries and faces health and housing challenges. Julia shares her appreciation for the Food Bank:
“…I so appreciate all the volunteers and the LA Food Bank for what they do. I was homeless for five months and in a wheelchair with health issues, and the food was a blessing…”

Spotlight on Nutrition

Across our programs, the Food Bank prioritizes providing nutritious food to our participants, including items like whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and lean proteins.


Fresh Produce

In 2022, one-fifth of the food distributed was fresh produce.


Nutritious Food

A majority of the food we distributed was rated as nutritious according to the USDA-based nutrition ranking system CHOP (Choose Healthy Options Program).


Pounds of Food

Over 27 million pounds of fresh produce was distributed through our direct programs and our partner agencies, providing families and individuals access to this critical source of nutrition.

Making Hunger History for 50 Years

Celebrate 50 years of impact with the LA Regional Food Bank! Join us on a journey through our history, highlighting moments of resilience, community, and the pursuit of a hunger-free LA County. Together, we’ve been making hunger history. Watch, share, and be part of the change!

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