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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

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

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Cecilia F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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



Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

"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.

Sue L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar