FOODBANK

FOODBANK

MEND’s Foodbank has long been a point of entry for a majority of clients. Those utilizing the food bank often include families with children struggling to make ends meet, low-income seniors and people who are homeless who—because of few options—sometimes rely on foraging to survive. As MEND’s 2019 Humanitarian Award honoree, Dr. LaVonna Blair Lewis put it, “Food is not discretionary.” Equitable access to nutritious food supports a healthy life, and a healthy life supports better overall outcomes.”

In addition to direct services at MEND’s facility in Pacoima, MEND’s Emergency Foodbank distributes food to dozens of community and faith-based organizations who operate food pantries that touch the lives of thousands of people throughout LA County. In 2019, the Foodbank benefited individuals and families through 200,000 encounters. By distributing more than 2.7 million pounds of food, the Foodbank empowered families throughout LA County to consume 2,279,958 healthy meals in 2019.

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Food Donation

2,279,958

Healthy Meals

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2.7 MILLION

Pounds of food

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200,000

People Benefited

Emergency Food Pantry

Direct distribution of food plus a hot meal prepared in our kitchen.

Frequency: Clients may come weekly based on need

Service Days during (COVID): Tuesdays, Fridays and some Saturdays

Target Population

Individuals and families who are homeless, in transitional housing, at-risk of homelessness or financially vulnerable due to COVID-19.

Food Bank

Distribution to satellite (TFAP) and outreach (general) community partners.

Service Days: Tuesdays - Fridays and alternating Saturdays

Target Population

Low-income individuals and families served by partner organizations.

Buen Provecho

Distribution of fresh fruits and vegetables to MEND clients through a “Farmers Market” model. Goal is to give clients more choice and maximize the amount of produce distributed and minimize the amount being recycled.

Frequency: Once a week

Target Population

Individuals and families who are homeless, in transitional housing, at-risk of homelessness or financially vulnerable due to COVID-19.

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