Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has mobilized resources in our community in order to ensure that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles. To this end, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1.7 billion pounds of food collected from hundreds of resources and distributed through direct distribution programs and 700 partner agencies, to nearly a million people every month.
Before the pandemic, an estimated 1 in 5 people in Los Angeles County lived with food insecurity. The global pandemic and related economic fallout created large numbers of people in our community who are brand-new to needing assistance: at the peak of the pandemic, 1 in 4 of our neighbors struggled with food insecurity. While fixed-income seniors, people with disabilities, and low-income families are the most visible examples of those who struggle, hunger affects all groups of people – regardless of education level, employment status, or ethnicity.
Since the pandemic began, the number of people receiving food each month from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has tripled from 300,000 to 900,000. To reach more people in need in 2020, the Food Bank added 100 new partner agencies for a total of 700 partner agencies across Los Angeles County, including food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers, youth centers, homeless shelters, and many others. They were able to purchase a new 256,000 sq. ft. warehouse in the City of Industry, expand their mobile food pantry program, and provide healthy breakfasts, afterschool meals, lunches, and fresh produce to over 10,000 food-insecure children. The Food Bank’s Senior Nutrition Programs distributed more than 12.3 million pounds of nutritious food to more than 50,000 low-income seniors throughout Los Angeles County.
The Friese Foundation is proud to support the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s efforts to fight hunger and meet the increasing needs of our community, especially during the aftermath of the impacts of COVID-19, subsequent high unemployment rate, and the high cost of living in Los Angeles County. We hope you will join us in our efforts to end hunger in LA County.