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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Ryan K.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great organization who is making a big impact in LA. I have been a volunteer with Food Finders for 2+ years now picking up and delivering food to partnering agencies. The experience of meeting the food donors and agencies is a humbling and rewarding. I am ever so amazed on how much food (over 8 million lbs in 2016 to be exact) that is diverted from going into landfills and goes towards humans. The amount of food, Food Finders picks up is still a drop in the bucket compared to what other food is out there. This is the best non-profit organizations in my opinion that is rethinking how we see food overages in the community.

Mike178

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We are very grateful for Food Finders Inc. They have been there when our clients need food the must. They have supplied our food pantry with good quality food an d I am proud to be a partner with them. This helps put food into our community.
Food Finders is a good nonprofit . They have help a lot of people through the year.
Please help stump out hunger by donating to Food Finders .

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We serve 70-75 persons struggling with homelessness twice a week and we couldn't do it without the connections made through Food Finders. Food Finders helps us feed the hungry!

2 dickncarol

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been volunteering for Food Finders since it started 0ver 20 years ago. We started out picking up food once a week and are now picking up food 7 days a week ( twice on Sundays ). We deliver directly to the agencies in need. At the present time we deliver food to 7 different agencies. Food Finders was a grass roots effort by one women that has grown over the years. I believe that Food Finders have delivered over 20 million pounds of food to the needy over the years. We have served on the Board of Directors for over 7 years and are passionate about the mission of Food Finders.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

We were volunteers before we became members of the board. We have been a part of food finders for 20 years, ever since it was started as a grass roots organization. We now pick up food and deliver every day of the week Yes!! that is 7 days. It is part of our morning rutine and we never miss. The work food finders does for others is fnatastic

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Not only does Food Finders rescue food and get it to agencies that feed people, they also will send people who call Food Finders to partnering agencies so they can get other help that they may be needed. Food Finders takes food to a variety of agencies too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Each week I rescue about 100 lbs of cooked food from he Westin Hotel Long Beach for the benefit of the 200-300 who take part in the Drop In Center program at the Congregational Chuuch. Direct hands on to those in need by volunteers who care in a great interagency effort.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked for several years for Food Finders and fint it a very rewarding experience. We go to various locations and pick up exra food that they have and deliver it to organizations that feed the needy. When I go there to dliver food the people that are waiting for something to eat are always willing to help me unload. All I have to do is look at the faces of the men, women and kids to know what they are thinking. THANK GOD WE WILL HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT FOR MONE MORE DAY. That greateful look makes me so very thankful for organizations like Food Finders.

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1 Cami Domingo Miller

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My friend Sheryl Worley introduced me to Food Finders in 2007 and started assisting her in her rounds. It was also at this time that I was doing Bible College and needed a practical ministry involvement. Food Finders came to mind. After the usual procedural steps, I was assigned a store and the places for drop off. There began my weekly journey of pickup and drop offs.

At first I only had one or two places for drop off but as provision would multiply, I would also receive more recipients. I was dropping off supply at food banks, community outreaches such as soup kitchen, different non-profit organizations or ministries serving the impoverished. It all depended on how much supply there was that day.

The work was very fulfilling that instead of stopping once my practical ministry classes were over and hours fulfilled, I continued on and on and on. It became a way of life. Volunteering became addictive that I added more volunteer work into my daily routine.

I had so much joy seeing faces light up when they receive free food or other services. Soon, casual relationships began deepening into real friendships. One kind act would snowball and duplicate itself.

Within two years the supply grew and drop off recipients multiplied. Two hours became 4 or 5 sometimes, depending on the bulk. I would also be called to cover for someone else, and I would oblige. Because of abundant supply and provision from others, another group of recipients developed: mothers with children and those temporarily out of work. Many from that group moved from being recipients to being volunteer helpers and who then gave back to others as they recovered financially.

The work was growing. It was at this time that my husband and I started involving others in the ministry that we were part of (Walking With Jesus Ministry CA). We were also able to bring in two other non-profit and religious organizations to help out as volunteers and also be the recipients so that the food can be distributed to the less fortunate in their churches.

We served three years and some months as volunteers until we recently moved away from the Southern California area. We miss the precious times of serving and the relationships and friendships that have been built. BUT, we hope we can serve alongside Food Finders again in the future. Maybe a WA State office can be established? ;-)

We will always treasure and carry in our hearts the joy of knowing that we are and were part of a common good.

We thank Sheryl Worley, my dearest friend who is now in New Mexico, for having invited me to serve with her!

We thank Food Finders, most especially, for having given us that opportunity to serve alongside them. What they do is life-saving!

Cami Miller
For Ken and Cami Miller
California/Washington

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have worked with Food Finders for years. Their services are a valuable component in the fight against food insecurity. The staff care about their community and support a variety of programs to get food that would otherwise be dumped into landfills into the hands of families and individuals who need this support. They also support animal companions and collect food donations for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Food Finders does not only help people who need food but, also pets. Friends of Long Beach Animals has partnered with them for 3 years now in collecting people and pet food for those in need mostly in the Long Beach area through our Mayors, Bob Foster, Holiday Food Drive. Though funds were low this year year probably because of the economy we were still able to help many pets in need and was able to take a large box of food over to them. They are the greatest, and thoughout the year they raise funds for their program through a high-class thrift store which I have purchased many quality gifts from.

Shirley Vaughan
Citizen of Long Beach CA.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been working wth FoodFinders for approximateoy two (2) years.
During that time, I have picked over a ton of food that would have otherwise spoiled or been disposed of into our land fill.

This food went to several organizations that make sure it is made available to those in our community who so desperately need the extra nurishment in these very difficult times.

Review from Guidestar

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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