The Issue: Food Insecurity in Los Angeles County
Los Angeles County is the owner of a distressing distinction: one in six people experiences food insecurity.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Families In Need
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to provide nutritious meals for individuals and families in need of food assistance. For every $1 raised, the organization can distribute four meals. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, partners with senior centers, shelters, food pantries, school programs, and other agencies to help supply the food to those who need it most.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
It can be hard to fathom just how large and sophisticated Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has become since it started distributing meals to hungry families in 1973. The statistics are so large—670 partner agencies, a pair of facilities totaling 183,000 square feet, 32,000 volunteers each year, 1 billion pounds of food distributed since its inception—that inefficiency would seem a natural result. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. A full 97% of all cash and in-kind revenue goes straight to fulfilling the Food Bank’s mission of putting an end to hunger in Los Angeles County.
It’s those kinds of numbers that are necessary to combat a problem so widespread and complex. Not only does the Food Bank's team of full-timers and volunteers ensure their partner pantries, schools, and shelters receive enough food to feed one million people per year, they also work to educate children and adults about the importance of healthy eating. To that end, the organization sees that fruits and vegetables constitute 20% of the food it distributes.
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