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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: Westside Food Bank’s mission is to provide as much nutritious food as possible to local social service agencies, and to reduce food waste on the Westside of Los Angeles County.

Results: We distribute close to five million pounds of nutritious food annually to over 70 social service agencies in Western Los Angeles County.

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

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.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Rating: 5

Westside Food Bank is among the best of the best, when it comes to the task of getting critical resources to those in great need in our community. Dollar for dollar, pound for pound, hour for hour, when you invest your resources, your volunteerism, and your faith into this Food Bank, know that you are absolutely maximizing the effect of your intention.

For the past four years, I have worked in the field of non-profit food banks and have had the pleasure of working directly with the amazing staff and leadership of WSFB, and I can assure you, this is one of the finest non-profits in Los Angeles.

To draw a sports analogy, Westside Food Bank is an ALL-STAR team of dedicated, talented, devoted, and gifted difference makers, who leverage every available resource for the maximum impact in our community here in Los Angeles. This Foodbank is brilliantly managed, is incredibly efficient, and truly reflects the spirit of everything a Food Bank can be, and should be.

It was a privilege and an honor to work with this team, in the service of our community; and time and time again, I was absolutely blown away by what this compact efficient team of dedicated professionals was able to create, enhance, develop, and deliver in the most critical times.

Don't hesitate, if your intention is creating the maximum impact in the lives of those who are most vulnerable in our community, in our economy, in our society; I can assure you, every dollar or hour you provide, will be utilized to it's fullest possible potential.

The need that exists today, is as great as the peak of the recession. While the banks and financial sector have recovered greatly; the effects of the sequester, as well as giant cuts in TEFAP and other government support systems for those that are food insecure; have kept the need at an all-time high, today right now, for working class families under the poverty line, for seniors on fixed incomes with rising health care costs, for children who depend on the nutritious food WSFB provides to build the healthy bodies, and the peace of mind necessary to focus in the classroom, and grow into healthy self sufficient adults.

Whatever you are able to give to WSFB, they will multiply it's effect through talent, skill, know how, love and dedication. Don't hesitate to make a difference in this way.



Jocelyn

Board Member

Rating: 5

My family has volunteered at the Westside Food Bank for many years. We have also worked at the social service agencies that receive donations from the Food Bank, so we see first hand the great benefit that the Food Bank provides for people in need. The folks at the Westside Food Bank are true heroes. They are relentless in their desire to get nutritious food to anyone in need of food assistance. This agency is well run, ethical to a fault, and I give them five stars across the board!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization. I love their efficiency and optimism. My whole family supports the Food Bank in one way or another, and my teenager chose the Food Bank for his Boy Scout Eagle Scout project, and his school Community Service project.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've supported and worked with the Food Bank almost since its inception 30 years ago. It has become a vital component of our communities hunger relief and poveryty alleviation programs and there may be no other opportunity to positively touch as many people's lives in our community. The Food Bank's food is distributed through 70 social service agencies to over 100,000 people each year, half of whom are children.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have never worked with a non-profit that takes more care in making sure that every dollar goes to the right place. The energy, passion and results of the WFB are amazing. The team is lean and extremely hard working and the difference made is evident, every day.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been actively involved with the WSFB for over 10 years. I am always amazed how much they do with the funds that they have. The staff is so very dedicated. Administrative costs are kept low. Long hours of work is the norm. And the result is that more food is distributed to the hungry of our community for each dollar contributed. And then there are the volunteers. Food sorts are amazing events with people from the community of all ages sorting the food so that it can be distributed to the local social service agencies. WSFB is a cornerstone of the community which it serves.

Jodi D.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with the food bank in the past and got to see firsthand the dedication and hard work their small group puts into this community food bank. They do so much with so little! They stretch every dollar, and work to provide nutritious foods, like fresh fruit and veggies, to those that need it most.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to the SOVA Pantry in West L.A. for the first time and I was very touched by the compassion of the volunteers who were there acting as social workers. There were so many people in the waiting area, women, men, and children who were all hungry...it just broke my heart to see so many people who needed food to feed their families. I needed food too but my heart went out to all of them.

If you go there for the first time be sure to get there early and make sure you fill out a form while you are waiting in line to be seen. You must wait outside the door in line but there is a seating area for everyone so you don't have to stand up for very long. It is a bit of a wait the first time so just be prepared to spend some time there filling out paperwork, waiting to see your social worker, and getting your food. Bring all the necessary paperwork so you can be guaranteed you will get your card to bring with you next time you go.

They also have someone there on certain days of the month that can help you fill out your paperwork for food stamps.

I highly recommend the SOVA Pantry.

Blessings to you and your family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with many nonprofit organizations. Westside Food Bank is entirely focused on making their mission statement real. They work with a skeleton crew who each wear many hats. They have an excellent relationship with the community they serve. Their financials are squeeky clean. They do not make self-serving purchases. The money goes for the purpose intended. They work very hard at involving the community in food drives rather than relying on dwindling government sources. They make an incredible effort at providing the community with as much quality food as possible.