The Food Rescue Program through Los Alamitos-based Food Finders is working diligently during the COVID-19 response.
Recently, they started sending out 100 family food bags on a weekly basis, packed by their volunteers, to the Salvation Army Citadel. With the help of their partner agencies like the Salvation Army, they are able to provide food to families who are left hungry or without access to available food.
Their family bags include similar items to our family boxes, including items like cereal, canned soup, canned vegetables, snacks, hygiene products, and more.
Food Finder’s Food Rescue Program works by linking donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, produce marts and more to agencies that feed people in need. Their staff drivers and huge network of volunteers make this happen hourly, point to point, bypassing a warehouse stop to re-sort or re-pack. The organization distributes an average of 22,000 meals worth of perishable food daily, food that may have been thrown out.
“Thank you so much Food Finders for providing groceries to the most vulnerable senior residents of Lakewood Mobile Homes in Hawaiian Gardens,” said Dandy from Covenant Kids Preschool in Hawaiian Gardens. “They are so grateful for the love and care. We have some seniors who even cried because they were so touched. We are hoping to continue this on a weekly basis and depending on the resources we have.”
They’ve received tons of support and collaboration from partners. The Boeing Company stopped by in May to make family boxes and surprised the organization with a $15,000 check toward their COVID-19 response. Food Finders was also chosen for a $25,000 Project Innovation grant by NBC LA and Telemundo 52 Los Angeles for their continued efforts during the pandemic.