Emergency Food Bank

MEND’s Emergency Food Bank is unique in that it is the largest in Los Angeles providing direct distribution to clients in need, and one of the largest in the state of California. Volunteer Food Rescue Program Drivers collect food from numerous supermarkets, churches, schools, businesses and other organizations in the area. Much of the food is distributed to more than 60 smaller pantries and charities annually in the area that also care for low-income individuals. The Emergency Food Bank distributes more than a quarter of a million pounds of food a month both onsite and through its community outreach, helping to feed nearly 20,000 people every month, as well.

Holistic Approach

  • Emergency food boxes provide a generous, nutritionally balanced three-day supply of emergency food, designed to help the families make ends meet, but not to create a dependency on MEND.
  • Hot meals are served four times a week. Each applicant for the service is personally interviewed to assess needs, verify information and evaluate any special dietary requirements.
  • We consider nutrition and health one of our primary missions at the MEND Foodbank. We collaborate with our Medical Clinic providing specially tailored food boxes for our Diabetic Nutrition Program.
  • MEND also offers cooking classes, demonstrations and creative healthy recipes for all of our clients.

Powered By Volunteers

It takes a village, and if you’d like to help feed those in need, volunteers are always needed to sort food, pack food boxes, solicit donations, prepare meals in the MEND Kitchen, drive trucks to pick up donated food, and serve in other ways that help alleviate hunger in the Northeast San Fernando Valley

Food Bank Partners

The Food Bank is grateful for the assistance of its lead partners Albertsons, the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, Heart of Compassion, the Valley Food Bank, and SOVA, as well as for that of the following organizations:

3MHeart of CompassionSan Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
AlbertsonsHeschel Day SchoolSER Volunteer
Alemany High SchoolHighland Hall Waldorf SchoolShelter Partnership
Art Institute of CaliforniaHope of the Valley Rescue MissionSmile TV
Blue ShieldHuntsman AdvancedSOVA
Boy Scouts of AmericaKaiser PermanenteSprouts Market
Boys Scouts Western LALos Angeles Church of ChristSTEP Program
Campbell HallLos Angeles Family HousingSylmar High School
Chaminade High SchoolLos Angeles Regional FoodbankTemple Ahavat Shalom
Champions for ChangeLakeview Charter SchoolThe Art Institutes
Childrens Hunger FundLiggett St. SchoolThe Tree People
Christian Assy. Of Eagle RockNational Association of Letter CarriersTierra Del Sol
ChrysalisNew HorizonsTrader JoeÕs Markets
Community Distribution CenterNobel Middle SchoolTriumph Charter School
Costco PacoimaNotre Dame High SchoolUC Master Food Preservers
CSUN: Unified We ServeOur Lady Of LourdesUnion Rescue Mission
CSUN: Marilyn Magaram Center for Food Science, Nutrition and DieteticsOur Lady Of PeaceUniversal Studios Hollywood
Daily NewsPacoima BeautifulUS Post Office
Disney Community VoluntEarsPanorama BaptistValley Foodbank
Do Good BusPhoenix HouseValley Interfaith Council Food Pantry Coalition
DOOR NetworkPierce Farm CenterValley Rescue Mission
El Projecto Del BarrioPizza CookeryVan Nuys High School
Feed The ChidrenPizza HutVictory Outreach
Food ForwardRalphÕs MarketsVonÕs Markets
Frost Middle SchoolRancho San AntonioWest Coast
Gain ProgramSaint EuphrasiaWest Coast Rehab
Girls Scouts of Greater Los AngelesSaint GenevieveYWAM (Youth With a Mission)
Hamer ToyotaSaint Mel's