MEND’s Emergency Foodbank 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 Foodbank 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.
In 2016, the Emergency Foodbank helped feed more than 20,000 individuals a month both onsite and through community outreach.
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.
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, Food Forward and SOVA. Download a complete list of the partners here.