As a nonprofit organization, the LA Regional Food Bank relies on the generosity of the community to continue our critical work. During the holidays, Food Bank direct distributions, and distributions provided throughout our network of 700 partner agencies, remains dramatically high. The number of people reached through these programs has tripled since the outbreak. Before the pandemic, roughly 300,000 people found help through the Food Bank, and now after the outbreak, that number has increased to 900,000.
Here are just a few of their stories.
Many seniors, children, families and individuals who receive food from the Food Bank or our Partner Agencies are new to food insecurity and are seeking help for the very first time, such as the family in this video. Initially, they resisted coming to food distributions knowing that others may need the food more, but now after 8 months of reduced income, they felt they had no other choice. They wanted to give back, so they donated hand-sewn masks to be provided to those in need.
The Food Banks began providing extra drive-thru food distributions like this one to take the pressure off of our network of 700 partner agencies. Drive-thru distributions grew out of the Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry (MFP) Program which delivers food to under-served areas.
With USC reporting 1 in 4 families in LA County facing food insecurity, and with estimates suggesting 50% of LA County workers are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic, all areas of LA County need extra help during this challenging time.
We are working all-out to keep up with the extraordinary demand for food from all segments of our community — including seniors. The Food Bank is here for our community in such desperate need because of good people like you.
The holiday season is especially challenging for many in our community. During this season, when so much of our celebration with family and friends is centered around food, many of our neighbors are confronting food insecurity for the first time.
Please make another tax-deductible donation today to the LA Regional Food Bank. We will put it to work immediately, getting good, healthy food to those in need.