Food Finders Inc

Rating: 4.92 stars   51 reviews

Address:

3744 N. Industry Ave. #401 Lakewood CA 90712 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.

Results:

In 27 years we have rescued and redistributed more than 123 million pounds of donated food, which equates to more than 102 million meals!

Target demographics:

provide food to pantries, shelters and centers that feed people in need.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

Rescue more than 7.9 million pounds of food that went to feed people.

Geographic areas served:

Los Angeles and Orange counties

Programs:

Food Rescue and Food4Kids

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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(562) 283-1400
http://www.foodfinders.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

My partner and I have worked for Food Finders for two years. Our route is to transfer food on the 3rd Sunday of each month from the Weston Hotel Sunday Brunch (leftovers) to The Drop In Center (food kitchen, computer lab, safe haven) held in the First Congregational Church downtown Long Beach. When we arrive at the church, there are people, (families, couples, homeless, disabled) standing in line around the block. This is only one of several food kitchens in the downtown Long Beach area, and the need for food is overwhelming. The Weston leftovers supplement the food prepared at the Drop in Center. Food Finders is doing everything they can to support, but there is a larger demand than supply. This is an amazing organization which really helps people in need with a unique idea to reduce waste and move excess food directly to those in need. GO FOODFINDERS!

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

We've had the opportunity to get to know some of the people personally who benefit from these services. The work of these organizations, such as Food Finders, does help people get back into the mainstream of life. Its so important, especially when State and Federal funding for such programs is being cut.

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

When I last saw Food Finders' faciities, it appears that they could do even more if they had updated computers and other equipment.

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?

On-line visibility of open routes where volunteers are needed to move food.

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

I've learned about the people who need these services and have a more compasionate understanding. Its been very humbling.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like I am giving something back. Its not right to sit back and ignor those who have not been so lucky in life. Giving back is a responsibility. Food Finders makes it easy, enjoyable and rewarding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Shortly after retirement,I began to explore different avenues that could benefit by my participation. My life changed when I met Arlene Mercer, founder and director of an extraorinary organization called "Food Finders". My search for fullfillment ended as my envolvement grew in becoming a productive asset to the growth and well being to my community and city. Along with volunteering to pick up excess goods from local markets, I then delivered them direct to the approved needy agencies. This routine became as necessary to me as breathing in and breathing out. With all the heartwarming smiles, god bless you's, see you next week and always the many thank you's made me realize what a difference I was making in so many lives. The joy of giving. For the big picture, of which all the volenteers are a part, Food Finders for the year 2010 have collected seven million lbs. of food and served approximately 50,000 meals per day. Some searh for a pot of gold at the end of rainbow. I found mine in my own backyard--Me! The pot of gold is my health and ability to better serve my community and my rainbow is made up of all the people that I service and together we create a GlOW felt by all.

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

satisfaction by helping to feed the needy

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

no changes recommended

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

The amount of food that Food Finders provides for those in need is almost beyond belief. Donors, many of whom were throwing out food that had reached the "sell by" date, are happy to have found an organization that gets this food into the hands of people that need it the most.

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

seeing the joy in the reciipients faces.

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

not change a thing

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Food Finders are a wonderful organization that has come along side us - Calvary Chapel Emanuel - to help meet the physical needs of many precious souls in the Hispanic community living in the city of Orange, California. Many families which are going through tough economic times are touched weekly by the love of Jesus as we teach the Word of God and then provide hundreds of pounds of bread, milk, cheese, eggs, fruit, vegetables and other delicious and nutritious foods we are able to serve them every week with the help from Food Finders.

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

Many people receive with thanksgiving and joy the food we are able to give to them.

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

Not applicable

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Last June, I delivered over 40 hams to a Substance Abuse House here in Long Beach (donated by Trader Joe's). They were very high quality, averaging $35 each ham.

The next time I came to deliver more food, the cook came out to tell me he put the hams in the freezer to save for Father's Day Sunday dinner.
And that they were the most delicious hams the men had ever had. He said it meant a lot to them to have a special meal since they were not able to be with their own kids on Father's Day. He said some had tears running down their faces as they enjoyed the ham dinner.

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

I think Food Finders is allowing individuals nutritious, quality meals every day!

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

Try to attract more volunteers, even if it is only 1 day a month!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

From the day I contacted Food Finders in February of 2008 I was highly impressed. They were highly organized and matched my interests, skills and personal schedule with my desires to volunteer for them.
I was also allowed to bring my young daughter with me to do the food pick ups from Ralphs Grocery store and drop offs to local homeless shelters. She benefited greatly from this eye opening experience.

When I re-encountered Food Finders, as the Volunteer Coordinator at The Volunteer Center of Long Beach, I was delighted! I sent them court referred volunteers and Food Finders statf was helpful and grateful for our efforts. Late last year my family and I helped pack food boxes for the poor and homeless. The project was superbly organized!

Food Finders is a high quality, professional and caring group.

Amy Berger, Volunteer



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

Volunteering in various ways.

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

Expand it!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

"There but for the grace of God go I"
Seeing as many people who are going hungry, who are unemployed and have many mouths to feed as I do the employed, it gladdens my heart to know that there are people out there from all walks of life and all occupations who care enough to lend a helping hand. For some, this means driving to pick up and deliver food from the gracious suppliers to those who can and will use it. The food and goods help all of us, whether we are on the receiving end of it or not, it saves the suppliers money from food or items that may have gone into dumps or landfills, and it helps those who are just trying to survive.
I've done both pickup and delivery, and I've also seen the faces of those who come looking for a helping hand. They come in all age, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. Helping them helps me, it helps give us better neighborhoods, and cuts down on some of the potential crime committed by those who might otherwise be driven to it by necessity.

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

seeing families able to stick together and survive because they didn't have to spend all of their income to feed their families. I've seen the food go to a number of charities that help the homeless, help to train and care for young unwed mothers and mothers to be. I've seen the looks and thanks in the eyes of elderly who would have gone hungry if not for the food provided by Food Finders.

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

I think that with further work and marketing within the various communities we could make the organization stronger and even more efficient.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This is an amazing organization which delivers food to the needy, staffed almost entirely with volunteers.
I deliver one route a week and provide at least 1000# of food products to 2 different organizations directly serving the neediest people of our community.And I am just one of many volunteers.

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

the gratitude expressed by the needy people of our community.

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

encourage more participation from stores and volunteers.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I deliver about 1/2 ton of foods each Monday to seniors in Long Beach as well as a church where 150-300 are fed each day.
I see the help these organizations give and the smiles and thank yous from people as I deliver.

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

the people I help

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

Grow bigger where it can

 
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