THE MISSION OF THE LOS ANGELES REGIONAL FOOD BANK IS TO MOBILIZE RESOURCES TO FIGHT HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY.
To fulfill our mission, source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs; energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief; conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger.
Supporting legislation and policies that reduces hunger including supporting policies that provide:
- Adequate funding and good administrative policies for CalFresh (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, previously called Food Stamps). This program offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.
- Adequate funding and good administrative policies for The Emergency Food Assistance Program. Through this program, the Food Bank distributes USDA commodities to food pantries and other distribution sites provide grocery bags of food to low-income families and individuals based on income guidelines.
- Adequate funding and good administrative policies for Commodity Supplemental Food Program. This program works to improve the health of low-income elderly people at least 60 years of age by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA Foods.
- Adequate funding and good administrative policies for Child and Adult Care Food Program, also called the Kids Café program. This program addresses the needs for both proper nutrition and quality day and after school care in low-income communities. At each Kids Cafe site, healthy meals and snacks are served to needy children in a safe, nurturing environment.
- Regulations that allow food pantries to distribute food (within safety standards).
UPCOMING EVENTS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT:
- Howlin’ With Harris at 11:30am on June 29 at the Food Bank: A modern take on the Southern feast, featuring Nashville style hot chicken, meats, sides, and treats along with cocktails, appetizers, wine, coffee/matcha service. Ticket price includes all food, beverages, tax & tip. Proceeds from the live auction and charity partner, The Wells Fargo Foundation, will benefit the LA Regional Food Bank.
- Summer Hunger: We are in the middle of our Summer Hunger campaign, which is very important for us. Many children have access to free school meals while school is in session, but those meals are not available over the summer. The Food Bank’s programs help fight summer hunger by providing food to children and families in need.
- Back to School: We are gearing up for the “back to school” season, where some families have to spend extra money on school supplies for their children. Some families are tempted to skip meals in order to pay for the school supplies, but instead, these families can get food distributed through our partner agency network.
The LA Regional Food Bank Helps to Fill the Summer Meal Gap
●The Food Bank facilitates a free Summer Lunch Program by partnering with summer schools, Boys and Girls Clubs, summer camps, community centers, libraries and more to provide a midday meal for children
oThis year the Food Bank will be partnering with more than 75 sites to serve a daily average of more than 3,000 children throughout the county.
●Children 18 and younger receive free meals and snacks through the Summer Lunch Program.
●Learn more by visiting LAFoodBank.org/summerlunch
Summer Calls to Action (CTAs):
●One of the very best ways to support the Food Bank: LAFoodBank.org/donate
●Sign up to volunteer: LAFoodBank.org/volunteer
●Save money and prevent food waste using our free Shelf Life Guide: LAFoodBank.org/shelf-life/
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Join Kari Steele as she speaks to Michael Flood more about the LA Regional Food Bank.