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Food Finders Inc

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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for Food Finders for about 3 years. In this time, I've watched in amazement as they've fed literally millions of people. Run by a caring & very organized staff along with some awesome volunteers, this team takes food that would have otherwise been sent to a landfill, and gets it into the hands of the organizations and people who need it the most.

Their fundraising events are creative, fun, well attended and always successful. Food Finders keeps up with little-known food waste laws. This not only benefits millions of meal recipients, but the restaurants and other businesses that need to properly dispose of their extra food.

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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

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

What a blessing Food Finders! Without Food Finders, we at Christian Outreach in Action (a non-denominational social services agency in downtown Long Beach that serves each day a breakfast and a dinner to whomever is hungry, whoever they are, and with no strings attachec), we would not be able to sustain the hundreds of homeless and low income people we help each week. Without Food Finders, we are Rising TIDE (an after-school program serving an average of over 100 urban children and youth each) would not be able to provide kids who often do not have adequate nutrition a protein-rich dinner with fruits and vegetables. Not only has Food Finders been faithful and generous, the staff and volunteers have been gracious and enjoyable to work with.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Foodfinders supports several of the community service organizations that I am involved with, amongst them the Urban Drop-in Center which feeds 350 homeless people on Sundays, St. Francis center which feeds the poor and homeless dinners Mon-Fri, and Centro Shalom, who help immigrants and the working poor with food, clothing and legal aid. (all in Long Beach, CA) All of the interactions with FoodFinders have been so smooth, so professional. Everything runs like a clock (unusual in non-profits!) and is done with so much consideration and respect for their clients. I can't say enough about them!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had heard about a food drive from my postal worker. I left food for them and read about FF. they are not far from my home so I wnent into the store and learned more. I like that they pick food up from store, restaurants, bakeries, peoples homes(fruit from trees) so that all of this stays out of dumps and provides food for agencies that serve the cities poor. I have assisted in food drive, driven food to agencies when parties have had excess and seen first hand that it is not wasted. this nonprofit uses all money to serve the poor and needs this help. Although most what we get is by way of food, we also need money to pay staff to arrange of food delivery and many other processes needed to keep FF going. thank you

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Beacon of Hope is so blessed to partner with Food Finders which gave us the opportunity to meet the needs of so many more families here in our local community. We pick-up food from two store locations now and our volunteers are so proud to distribute fresh quality food to our participants. We are now feeding over 250 families per month. Thanks Food Finders! Cindy Fuentes

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Food Finders rescues excess food and takes it to where it is needed. It is directly delivered to children's homes, family shelters, missions, homes for unwed mothers, battered women and children, rehabilitation centers, senior centers, boys & girls clubs, youth programs, church food ministries and others. This helps solve the hunger problem and stops food waste as well as draws people into programs where they can get what they need to build a better future- such as basic life skills, english second language classes, parenting skills, job skills. Through providing food, referrals for resources, and networking Food Finders helps build a better community for all.

Review from Guidestar