Our Difference

The Foodbank of Southern California:

  • has been providing food to impoverished children, families, and seniors residing in Los Angeles County since 1975
  • Girl who needs healthy food// photo by sedusout @ http://www.flickr.com/photos/sendusout/has a dominate focus on the “poorest of the poor” neighborhoods in downtown Los Angeles, Compton, San Pedro, South Central, Watts, and North Long Beach.
  • provides highly nutritious food to at least 250,000 people each week; or 2.5% of L.A. County’s population.
  • continues to be the largest distributor of fresh produce of any foodbank in the state; annually distributing over 6.5 million pounds of fresh produce from Salinas, Ventura, and Imperial Valley.
  • is a primary food provider to over 700 community-based agencies who feed the needy in Los Angeles County through both emergency and non-emergency food programs.
  • maintains the highest volume of distributed food per dollar of operating expense while maintaining the smallest full-time staff of any metropolitan foodbank in the United States
  • is known throughout the country as being the most cost effective and efficient foodbank in the entire Nation; consistently maintaining a small budget that delivers a huge impact.
  • is fortunate to be debt-free, owning its warehouse, offices, and equipment. The Foodbank is in a strong position to continue services for decades to come.

Foodbank OfficesWaiting in line for food.