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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

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We are very grateful to Food Finders for supporting our food pantry programs. They provide high quality donated food items. They have been providing food, including turkeys for thanksgiving, to our agency for almost 10 years! We are grateful for their partnership and our clients are grateful for the food!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a person whom has worked for several years in the operations of a Food Bank within the greater Long Beach and Orange County Food Bank circuit, I can say with authority that no other contributor of repurposed food stuffs comes close in the magnitude of help given weekly to food banks of all shapes and sizes within these districts. Born from a vision started in a homeowner's garage some years ago into a multi-million yearly pound saver of foods destined for waste, Food Finders is the beginning of a revolutionary movement underway in our country to redistribute unsold foods to those in genuine need and those living below the poverty line. Please join myself and countless others involved in the movement and make a contribution to one of the most worthy grass-roots causes to emerge in many decades.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a social worker who serves over 200 extremely low income older adults in senior housing in Long Beach. Many of them can not afford fresh fruits and vegetables. Thanks to Food Finders they are now able to eat fresh food every week. Thank you Food Finders!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Food Finders has been a part of our community for as long as I can remember. My family has volunteered with them in the past and their services are invaluable to the clientele that they serve. In these tough economic times, we need Food Finders more than ever, to help those in our community who are most in need.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Food Finders is an amazing organization. I met founder Arlene Meyer at a professional gathering for nonprofit leaders. She shared her story of starting Food Finders to help serve the community and prevent waste of resources. Once, this organization picked up a surplus of fresh pineapples from the Port of Long Beach. That beautiful fruit didn't go to waste, it was distributed out to needy organizations at no charge. Every donation to this organization makes a difference in someone's life, whether it is a single can of food or a fat check.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Food Finders has been a blessing to our organization, as we receive some of their donated food for our families. We have seen, especially of late, that many of the families we'er serving are struggling to make ends meet at the end of the month and need some groceries to hold them over until their next paycheck. Food finders enables us to provide these families with some bags of groceries and fresh produce to help them until they can be paid again.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a director of volunteers, it is almost always a sure bet that potential volunteers will decide to work for FF. Their mission, vision and service seem to be a perfect match for someone that is looking to volunteer, without a lot of "pre-training" and emotional attachment to individual clients. Volunteers are able to work at varied schedules which appeals to those still in the workforce as well as those retired. The flexibility of the assignment is a valuable asset in the recruitment of volunteers. And the work they accomplish is amazing!

Review from Guidestar