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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

I have seen many people helped by the food that is distributed. I have seen good use of volunteers and community resources

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

add additional resources for this group to expand.

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

As a volunteer and seeing/hearing about the reactions from people whose lives were touched by the blessing of food when they most needed it, particularly the elderly who are house-bound.

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

I think they're great. I would love to see more people volunteer regularly!

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

the Long Beach, CA community

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

Find ways to expand it across the United States

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

We offer the food and produce provided by Food Finders to our families in need.

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

N/A

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

being able to have community agencies call when special events are held and there is excess quality foods that can be donated instead of thrown away. The community benefits from all aspects of the program.

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

For as long as I have had an association with Food Finders, I can see no changes needed.

 
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