FOOD FINDERS INC

Rating: 4.91 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Food

Location: 3434 Atlantic Ave Long Beach CA 90807 USA

Mission: THE ORGANIZATION SERVES AS A CONDUIT PROVIDING FOOD TO FEED THE IMPOVERISHED AND HUNGRY PEOPLE THROUGHOUT LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTIES. THE ORGANIZATION FUNCTIONS AS A REFERRAL SOURCE AND RESOURCE LINK BETWEEN DONORS, SERVICE AGENCIES, AND THE PEOPLE IN NEED.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Diana and her team at Food Finders are remarkable! We called and informed that we were short of items for our distribution and they provided 2 generous donations on the morning of our Food Distribution. We are so grateful for Food Finders and their commitment to assisting our Food Ministry here in Long Beach. Words cannot express our thanks and may God continue to bless and watch over their organization. In addition, they make the additional effort to come by on the weekends and offer our Church fresh produce from our local Farmers Market! They care so much about our community and we praise them truly for their philanthropic effort.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

E-MARKET THEM TO THE WORLD!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have a large home garden, with one 32 square foot bed that's dedicated to growing food for charity. We are happy to donate to Food Finders, who love getting 40 heads of fresh lettuce or a bushel of peppers from us. They keep overhead low so almost all of their donations go directly to those in need. They service a large number of agencies in the Long Beach area. Well done!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have been volunteering for Food Finders since it started 0ver 20 years ago. We started out picking up food once a week and are now picking up food 7 days a week ( twice on Sundays ). We deliver directly to the agencies in need. At the present time we deliver food to 7 different agencies. Food Finders was a grass roots effort by one women that has grown over the years. I believe that Food Finders have delivered over 20 million pounds of food to the needy over the years. We have served on the Board of Directors for over 7 years and are passionate about the mission of Food Finders.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

We were volunteers before we became members of the board. We have been a part of food finders for 20 years, ever since it was started as a grass roots organization. We now pick up food and deliver every day of the week Yes!! that is 7 days. It is part of our morning rutine and we never miss. The work food finders does for others is fnatastic

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the satisfaction I see and feel with seeing how much the food is appreciated and needed

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage more people to volunteer their services and time. That way we could serve more people

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Rating: 5 stars  

Not only does Food Finders rescue food and get it to agencies that feed people, they also will send people who call Food Finders to partnering agencies so they can get other help that they may be needed. Food Finders takes food to a variety of agencies too.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great nonprofit! It's amazing what they do! Too much food is wasted in the world today and they're changing that!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Each week I rescue about 100 lbs of cooked food from he Westin Hotel Long Beach for the benefit of the 200-300 who take part in the Drop In Center program at the Congregational Chuuch. Direct hands on to those in need by volunteers who care in a great interagency effort.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By picking up and delivering food that would otherwise be tossed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No change

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked for several years for Food Finders and fint it a very rewarding experience. We go to various locations and pick up exra food that they have and deliver it to organizations that feed the needy. When I go there to dliver food the people that are waiting for something to eat are always willing to help me unload. All I have to do is look at the faces of the men, women and kids to know what they are thinking. THANK GOD WE WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT FOR MONE MORE DAY. That greateful look makes me so very thankful for organizations like Food Finders.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen their generosity many times.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Win the locttery and make a big donation to them.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

My friend Sheryl Worley introduced me to Food Finders in 2007 and started assisting her in her rounds. It was also at this time that I was doing Bible College and needed a practical ministry involvement. Food Finders came to mind. After the usual procedural steps, I was assigned a store and the places for drop off. There began my weekly journey of pickup and drop offs.

At first I only had one or two places for drop off but as provision would multiply, I would also receive more recipients. I was dropping off supply at food banks, community outreaches such as soup kitchen, different non-profit organizations or ministries serving the impoverished. It all depended on how much supply there was that day.

The work was very fulfilling that instead of stopping once my practical ministry classes were over and hours fulfilled, I continued on and on and on. It became a way of life. Volunteering became addictive that I added more volunteer work into my daily routine.

I had so much joy seeing faces light up when they receive free food or other services. Soon, casual relationships began deepening into real friendships. One kind act would snowball and duplicate itself.

Within two years the supply grew and drop off recipients multiplied. Two hours became 4 or 5 sometimes, depending on the bulk. I would also be called to cover for someone else, and I would oblige. Because of abundant supply and provision from others, another group of recipients developed: mothers with children and those temporarily out of work. Many from that group moved from being recipients to being volunteer helpers and who then gave back to others as they recovered financially.

The work was growing. It was at this time that my husband and I started involving others in the ministry that we were part of (Walking With Jesus Ministry CA). We were also able to bring in two other non-profit and religious organizations to help out as volunteers and also be the recipients so that the food can be distributed to the less fortunate in their churches.

We served three years and some months as volunteers until we recently moved away from the Southern California area. We miss the precious times of serving and the relationships and friendships that have been built. BUT, we hope we can serve alongside Food Finders again in the future. Maybe a WA State office can be established? ;-)

We will always treasure and carry in our hearts the joy of knowing that we are and were part of a common good.

We thank Sheryl Worley, my dearest friend who is now in New Mexico, for having invited me to serve with her!

We thank Food Finders, most especially, for having given us that opportunity to serve alongside them. What they do is life-saving!

Cami Miller
For Ken and Cami Miller
California/Washington

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

From one person, the work grew into it being an integral part of our ministry where not only one or two people were involved, but many others. The bonds that were created are lifetime.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Establish the same in other states. That's how helpful, useful and beneficial it is, especially in this financially-challenged times. And food is a prime commodity that is needed daily.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Not for me but for the organization: bigger funding to avail bigger space, more vehicles, maybe add pilot offices in other districts so that wider areas can be covered. There is a need for more of this kind of service organization that truly deliver their mission statement.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes, see review

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

See review

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As directyor of centro SHalom I have had many years of experience working with Food Finders, both with the individual volunteers and with Arlene. It is one of the few local agencies that actually practices what they preach. Through the years Food Finders hashelped us to distribute food to many low income hungry familes and individals. It would be difficult for us to provide ther services we provide without their help. Amelia Nieto Centro Shalom

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen many people helped by the food that is distributed. I have seen good use of volunteers and community resources

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

add additional resources for this group to expand.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Food Finders has collected excess produce from our community gardens for years and has done a superb job of distributing this valuable product to needy people. When certain crops are in peak production (zuccini anyone?), they are always reado to accept what we have to give and get it into the hands of the needy.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Long Beach, California

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None suggested.

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