Westside Food Bank Overview
Target demographics: Nearly half of our food goes to local children. Our food also reaches unemployed and enderemployed individuals, seniors on fixed incomes and the frail elderly, women and children living in domestic violence shelters, homeless individuals, mentally ill, chronically ill and disabled individuals, and veterans.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 70+ local social service agencies
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Organize a food drive
Come to our warehouse to sort food.
Participate in our annual fall Hunger Walk
Adults 21 & over can volunteer at the annual December Santa Monica Pub Crawl
Geographic areas served: Western Los Angeles County. The Westside Food Bank is the exclusive food bank provider for virtually all the non-profit social service agencies with food assistance programs in Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Inglewood and the LAX area.
Programs: Extra Helpings Westside (EHW), our volunteer-run, food recovery and distribution program allows us to fight hunger even more effectively. Through a cadre of some 120 dedicated volunteer drivers, we are able to pick up prepared and perishable food from markets, delicatessens, bakeries and farmers’ markets – food that would otherwise be thrown away – and deliver it directly to our agencies. Food from our EHW program makes up nearly a third of our total distribution.