Thanks to the community’s generosity, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is proud to announce that it has exceeded the Building Hope Campaign fundraising goal of $165 million, raising $177 million. Thank you to the more than 106,000 Food Bank donors, partners and sponsors for their continued support.
Contributions to this campaign and the Food Bank will go toward increasing the volume of food provided in Los Angeles County, reducing food waste, and increasing the number of people we reach each month. In 2019, the Food Bank Board of Directors launched this ambitious campaign to increase our capacity and the number of people that we reach each month. The campaign was co-chaired by Donald Goodman and Jane and Rob Ettinger. Other Campaign Committee members included: Keith Addis, Michael Flood, Brian & Karen Hennigan, Susan Leonard, Michael Montgomery, Robert Perille, Whitney Jones Roy, and Mark Stegemoeller. Because of the generous support of our community, the campaign was finished one year early.
Along with expanding the Food Bank’s reach and programs, the campaign enabled the Food Bank to purchase a 256,000-square-foot warehouse in the City of Industry. The Food Bank is in the process of transforming this warehouse into a state-of-the-art distribution center, which will increase capacity and efficiency. The project will increase our freezer/cooler capacity and include a volunteer center, cold dock, sustainability center, education/conference center, food kit production center and food rescue center.
In September, the Food Bank provided an updated video tour of the new warehouse. For reference, supporters may also view the first video tour of the facility here.
Although we have reached the campaign goal, the Food Bank’s work continues. With millions of individuals struggling with food insecurity throughout LA County, the Food Bank’s vision that no one goes hungry is still a work in progress.
Unfortunately, one in four children will go to school hungry, and due to the financial strains of the pandemic and inflation, families are having to cut back on meals or other essentials in order to make ends meet. Meanwhile, seniors living on fixed incomes are sacrificing medical visits and/or prescriptions in order to put food on their table.
Throughout the campaign, the Food Bank met several individuals and families who depend on the food assistance provided by the Food Bank and one of ~600 partner agencies. Many individuals turned to our drive-through distributions for the first time as the pandemic loomed over LA County, while there were seniors who were able to eat more healthy thanks to the fresh produce distributed.
The Food Bank met a family who, despite going through their own challenges, decided to use their talents to help others who were also in need.
In 2022, the Food Bank and our partner agency network of over 600 other nonprofit organizations throughout LA County distributed 3.3 million menstrual hygiene products to 114,816 households. Read more.
The Food Bank recently received a capacity grant, allowing us to purchase items for agency partners to help fight hunger in LA County. Learn more.
Learn more about the supporters, volunteers and key players in the formation and growth of the Food Bank.
The consecutive grant provided by Starbucks will help Food Bank address food insecurity among communities of color throughout Los Angeles County.