Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Feed SoCal Hunger Drive

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is a fantastic organization that provides more than 60 million pounds of food to more than one million in-need people in Los Angeles County.  For every $1 donated, the Food Bank is able to use their resources to acquire and distribute 4 meals.

I have volunteered there several times myself with the UCLA Volunteer Center and our External Affairs department (see our pictures here), and can personally attest to the fact that this is a well-run, highly-organized, and dependable organization.  The Food Bank has a number of ways you can do simple things to help raise funds and awareness, from liking partners on Facebook to buying products you already use from their partners.  They are also in need of volunteers to work at their warehouse to sort donations, put together food packages for school children and the elderly, and more.  As you can see from the pictures above, volunteering is a lot of fun -- they even let you juggle potatoes as long as you don't drop them!

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank's current July drive is one in conjunction with ABC7 and VONS for a month-long hunger awareness drive called "Feed SoCal."  From July 2-29, visit your local VONS store to purchase a $5 pre-packaged bag filled with needed items for the Food Bank to distribute.  There will also be a "Stuff-A-Truck" food drive in Pasadena on July 20.  Can't make it to a VONS?  Donate online to support the campaign or host your own food drive at your school, office, or neighborhood.

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is an excellent organization.  By supporting them, you are supporting their extensive work with farmers, schools, shelters, senior homes, and many other needy areas and populations.  Help them do their best work by volunteering to give of your food, time, or money.  Don't live in LA?  Find your local food bank to see what support they need.

Photo Credit: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community.  To fulfill our mission we:

  • 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. 

Our vision is that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County.

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