The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is proud to have hosted the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) for its LAFC Volunteer Day on Thursday, October 19, 2023, at our South LA warehouse and distribution center. The LAFC volunteer corps worked together to package and sort over 7,500 lbs of fresh produce for nutritious meals going to food-insecure communities across LA County.
This type of hunger relief initiative comes at a time when, unfortunately, the difficulties faced by families experiencing food insecurity haven’t subsided after the pandemic. Inflation peaked in 2021 and resulted in higher costs for essential items, including food products and energy. Despite the unemployment rate returning to pre-pandemic levels, reductions in pandemic-related benefits and ongoing price increases have caused an increased demand for food assistance.
Food insecurity in L.A. County showed a slight improvement in 2021 but then worsened significantly, rising to 24% in 2022 and further to 30% in the first half of 2023, reports a recent USC study. In recent months, the Food Bank and our partner network agency of 600 charitable organizations noticed a 9% increase in the average number of individuals seeking assistance each month.
LAFC is committed to being a force for good in our communities by supporting critical programs and bringing their indomitable Black & Gold spirit wherever they go, including the LA Regional Food Bank. The Food Bank thanks LAFC for providing ongoing support in the critical fight against hunger.
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Thanks to organizations like LAFC, individuals, volunteers, donors and hunger-relief advocates that help expand our outreach and bolster our efforts to work toward our vision that ideally, no one in Los Angeles County goes hungry. The generosity and commitment of our volunteers, donors and supporters are the driving force behind our mission to combat hunger and their unwavering dedication remains the cornerstone of our success. We invite all those who share our passion for making a difference to join us in this vital cause because, as a united community, we can substantially impact the fight against food insecurity, whether that is through volunteering or donating.