Food Banks & Agencies Working With Chefs to End Hunger:
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank reports that close to one million Los Angeles County residents receive food assistance from food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. This represents nearly one in ten Los Angeles County residents. 40% of people receiving food assistance are children. Food pantries and other agencies are serving more people than ever, reporting the need for more food and other resources to meet the growing demand for food assistance due primarily to the high unemployment rate.
The Midnight Mission is currently the main recipient of donations from Chefs to End Hunger in Los Angeles. An independent non-profit agency located on Los Angeles’s Skid Row, the Midnight Mission serves 90,000 meals a month in addition to offering emergency services, 12-step recovery program, job training, education, and work programs. Their mission is “to offer a bridge back to self sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job-placement” and “to make available the necessities of life to homeless people: food, shelter, clothing, personal hygiene needs and medical care.”
In December 2012, The Midnight Mission will reach its millionth meal served. Read the press release here.
Click here to learn more about signing up to volunteer for meal service at The Midnight Mission on one of Chefs to End Hunger’s monthly volunteer days.
LA Kitchen is one of our partners for the Southern CA region. Founded by Robert Egger, also of DC Kitchen, LA Kitchen operates with the mission that “neither food nor people should ever go to waste”. Through their varied programs based in downtown Los Angeles, LA Kitchen works to turn recovered produce into nutritional meals that are donated to social service agencies serving the greater LA area. LA Kitchen also runs a culinary training program with individuals who may have been homeless, incarcerated, or former foster care, offering them professional training as well as life skills assistance. Culinary training graduates may go on to have a full-time paying position in one of LA Kitchen’s programs.
World Harvest Food Bank is one of our partners for the Southern CA region. Established in 2007, World Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides food, basic staples and living essentials to people who are at risk of hunger and to the needy. World Harvest Food Bank operates one branch facility in Downtown Los Angeles, following both the front line and warehouse food bank models. The Food Bank has a service area that assists families and individuals in 58 counties within the state of California. They currently distribute an average of 25 million pounds of food through their main facility and the 200+ partner agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and after school programs for children.
Bracken’s Kitchen is our premier partner in Orange County CA. A former celebrity chef, Bill Bracken started his non-profit organization with the philosophy that “feeding people is not the same as nourishing them”. Through partnerships with regional businesses, and donation programs with organizations such as Chefs to End Hunger, Bracken’s Kitchen operates a mobile food truck named “Betsy” to administer to the food insecure populations in Orange County. At a central kitchen meals are prepared with donated food items and Betsy is dispatched to pre-determined locations in the region to distribute healthy and delicious meals to those in need. Bill is often able to distribute frozen meals as well as whole product along with the prepared meals. Bracken’s Kitchen also runs a culinary training program for those individuals who age out of the foster care system.
Las Vegas Rescue Mission has been serving the community of Clark County for over 40 years. From humble beginnings, the Mission has grown to become a major help in addressing the growing homeless population by providing recovery and life-changes to those in need. The organization’s mission states that it “strives to be a shelter of hope for the homeless, the hungry, the addicted, and anyone who seeks help for independent living and spiritual fulfillment.”
Click here to learn more about signing up to volunteer for meal service at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission on one of Chefs to End Hunger’s monthly volunteer days.
St. Mary’s Food Alliance is a non-sectarian, nonprofit organization that alleviates hunger by efficiently gathering and distributing food to sites that serve the hungry. Serving two-thirds of Arizona’s fifteen counties, the organization is committed to volunteerism, building community relationships, and improving the quality of life of Arizonans in need. Keeping up with a growth in hunger following the poor economic climate and the huge rise in unemployment and underemployment, the food bank distributed more than 74 million pounds of food in Fiscal Year 2010-2011, providing enough food into the community to serve nearly 275,000 meals per day.
Phoenix Rescue Mission was built on the foundation of service to the poor 57 years ago and has since been providing a haven of safety off the streets, serving three meals a day to men, women and children 365 days of the year. In addition, showers, clean clothing, emergency shelter beds, chapel services, and counseling are available to those in need.
Click here to learn more about signing up to volunteer for meal service at the Phoenix Rescue Mission on one of Chefs to End Hunger’s monthly volunteer days.
Hope 4 the Heart is a non-profit located in Alameda County that provides food, produce, diapers, and household items to local families who are experiencing food insecurity. The organization’s mission is to improve the well-being of every family served, by alleviating hunger and improving nutrition. The organization distributes pallets of food to over 100 churches, schools, and non-profit organizations every week, free of charge and opens its doors to local families on the third Saturday of every month. Almost all emergency food client families have children to feed. Hope 4 the Heart serves over 11,000 families every month with food (non-perishable and perishable) and donated product valued at just over $15,000,000 a year. A grant from FEMA helps the organization purchase fresh produce from local farmers to add to the family food baskets to keep a focus on the nutritional value of each meal served.
Homeless Veterans Emergency Housing Facility (HVEHF) is working to address the lack of year-round emergency housing and the shortage of transitional housing for veterans in the Bay Area.
HVEHF uniquely offers emergency treatment beds, transitional housing, supportive services and access and linkage to VA treatment programs through case management, vocational rehabilitation, mental health and addiction treatment services, housing assistance, PTSD treatment programs, as well as general health care and medical referrals and access in collaboration with the VA.
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