We Are Here to Help!
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!
To locate a food pantry near you, please call 211 or go to 211.org
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.
For Moms,Babies and Children under 5 years old
Cal1-888-WIC-WORKS (1-888-942-9675) to apply
How You Can Help...
Please click here to make a tax-deductible 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.
There is a donation bin in the lobby of Mira Costa High School located at 1401 Artesia Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
There is a donation bin in the lobby of Palos Verdes High School located at 600 Cloyden Rd., Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274
If you would like to host a food drive or have a sizable donation,
please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for safe pick up and/or delivery coordination.
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
They use the app Chowmatch to schedule their volunteers and show them opportunities that are available.
Signing up is easy!
Once you click the button you will start the sign up process
Learn basic food handling guidelines and sign our drivers pledge
Take a quick quiz - if you have any problems with this - just let me know
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.
Ready to Start a South Bay Food Initiative Club at your High School? We are looking for dedicated students with leadership skills who want to make a difference in their community. We will guide you through the process or connect you with the existing club at your school. Just send us an email at Southbayfoodinitiative.com
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 (you must be at least 18 years old) depending on what feels safe for you.
The 4th Saturday of every month, there is a food give-away at the Food Finders Community Marketplace in Long Beach from 9AM to 11AM. For more information on how you can volunteer, visit our "Get Involved" page.
for Individuals or Families
Call 1-866-613-3777 or visit GetCalFresh.org to apply
Seniors or Older Adult Meals
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).