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Please use the resources below to find food or to help volunteer. Together we can make a difference.

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE GENEROUS DONATIONS! WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND SUPPORT!

 

 

WE HOPE TO HAVE ORGANIZED VOLUNTEER TRIPS IN THE FALL, STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES. UNTIL THEN, WE ASK THAT YOU VOLUNTEER AS INDIVIDUALS, WHEN AND WHERE YOU FEEL SAFE. 

Find Food:

To locate a food pantry near you, please call 211 or go to 211.org  or use the LA Food Bank's pantry locator 

Free Meals at 64 Grab & Go Food Centers

Los Angeles Unified, in partnership with the Red Cross, will continue to provide nutritious meals to all students who need them during the temporary closure of schools. Our 64 Grab & Go Food Centers are staffed weekdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Each child can take home two nutritious meals.

New Grab & Go Food Centers:

Virgil Middle School
152 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90004

Ellen Ochoa Learning Center
5027 Live Oak St., Cudahy 90201
 
Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES) Magnet
5800 King Ave., Maywood 90270

Sylmar Charter High School
13050 Borden Ave., Sylmar 91342

Belvedere Middle School (replacing Mendez High School on Wednesday, March 25)
312 N. Record Ave., Los Angeles 90063

Free meal finder for Kids

 

Just enter your address to find free, healthy meals being served by organizations in your community. We do not use your information for any other purpose than to locate food assistance.

You can also find these resources by texting the word FOOD to 877-877. Data & message rates may apply.

En Español

CalFresh

for Individuals or Families

Call 1-866-613-3777 or visit GetCalFresh.org to apply

Seniors or Older Adult Meals

Call 1-800-510-2020 

WIC

for Moms,Babies and Children under 5 years old

Cal1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) to apply

The USDA National Hunger Hotline remains a helpful resource for people seeking food assistance. The hotline, operated by Hunger Free America, can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842-6273) (for Spanish).

How You Can Help...

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Volunteer:

With food demands increasing and volunteerism decreasing, our partner, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank needs your help! You can volunteer to sort food for a few hours at their location in LA or donate food depending on what feels safe for you. If you would like to make a monetary donation to LA Food Bank instead, please donate here.

Our freinds at Food Cycle LA are working hard right now to try to recover as much food as possible and there is such a tremendous need for volunteers with the current crisis.

 

Here is a link to the page on their website where people can sign up to help

https://www.foodcyclela.org/act/

They use the app Chowmatch to schedule their volunteers and show them opportunities that are available.

Signing up is easy! 

  1. Once you click the button you will start the sign up process 

  2. Learn basic food handling guidelines and sign our drivers pledge

  3. Take a quick quiz - if you have any problems with this - just let me know

  4. Sign up for your first food recovery run!

 

The sign up process takes about 30 minutes. After completing the process, you will receive a confirmation email. You will need to confirm your email to finalize the process and be added to our system.  We’ will then approve you and help you sign up for your first run.

When signing up in Chow Match, please do so from your computer. Then, download the Chow Match app on your phone. They will give you further instructions after you complete the volunteer signup process.

Please click here to make a donation to the South Bay Food Initiative. In addition to food insecurity outreach, we provide food, manpower, and financial support to food banks, pantries, and soup kitchens every day.

Food Donations:

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Thank you to Ralphs Grocery Company for their support. You can now find a bin next to their courtesy counter in the Manhattan Village location at 2700 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

If you have a sizable donation, please email us at southbayfoodinitiative@gmail.com for safe pick up and/or delivery coordination.

Volunteer:

Food Distribution Volunteers Needed to Support Los Angeles Unified Food Distribution

The American Red Cross is conducting distribution of emergency supplies at fixed points of distribution in support of population affected by school closures in coordination with a whole community effort led by LA County Unified School District.

Volunteers will work at various fixed sites across LA County to assist with the distribution of meals to children affected by school closures. The Los Angeles Region and the Los Angeles Unified School District are working together to provide support to children at risk of hunger during this time.

To volunteer, please click here.

Help deliver food to seniors who are forced to shelter at home. To volunteer, please click here.

Find us: 

1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266