Current statistics show chronic hunger affects about 1 in 5 Californians. This includes people who are unemployed, low income, and living in food deserts. Some have limited access to food due to poor transportation or lack of resources.Recent data from the California Association of Food Banks indicates nearly 10 million residents are affected by food insecurity statewide. When an individual is food insecure it means they are unsure of where their next meal is coming from.
We strive to reduce that statistic. Since its inception, Food Finders has grown from rescuing several thousand pounds of food to rescuing millions of pounds of food annually. With the contributions of hundreds of food donors, including L.A. produce mart, grocery stores, corporate kitchens, schools, and other businesses, our program provides food to more than 471 nonprofit partners across five counties.
Every day, Food Finders saves thousands of pounds of food from the waste bin. We don’t mean scraps, but perfectly edible food that is still nutritious. Not only do we ensure food gets where it’s needed, but we also help businesses save on disposal fees while providing a way to give back to the community. Donated food is provided to pantries, shelters, and other nonprofits within the same area it’s from. Unlike food banks, we rescue and redistribute all food the same day, delivering direct from donor to recipient, free of charge.
Equally important, food rescue makes a positive impact on our planet.