With the most gluttonous holiday fast approaching, what better time is there to give to the less fortunate and ensure that they have a full meal as well? Did you know that although America is known as the “land of plenty,” as many as 1 out of every 6 Americans goes hungry?Food banks are non-profit organizations that are responsible for obtaining thousands of pounds of donated, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and passing them out to organizations for distribution. For more information about food banks in California, please log on to the California Association of Food Bank’s website.
Rescue Missions and Soup Kitchens are places a person in need can go to for immediate help in acquiring the things they need, such as food, shelter and help. Many of these places require volunteers and donations to keep going. Below is a sample list of regional soup kitchens and food banks to help guide you in your quest to help.
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
1734 East 41st Street
Los Angeles CA 90058-1502
The Los Angeles Regional Food bank has been serving its community since 1973. They are responsible for implementing the Kids Café which feeds over 1,900 children a day at 27 sites throughout Los Angeles. For every $1 donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food bank, $5 of food is provided to the hungry in Los Angeles. Log on to their website to find out how to organize your own food drive, donate food or donate money.
Los Angeles Mission
303 East 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
On November 23rd the Los Angeles Mission will provide a Thanksgiving meal for the homeless. For 75 years, the Los Angeles Mission has served the people of Skid Row, providing emergency services such as shelter, food, clothing, as well as professional medical and dental services. In addition, the Los Angeles Mission also offers long-term residential rehabilitation programs including education, job training/placement, transitional housing and counseling.
Union Rescue Mission
545 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Established in 1891, the Union Rescue Mission is one of the largest rescue missions that help men, women and children experiencing homelessness. The Union Rescue Mission has many opportunities for individuals and groups alike to volunteer. Log on to the Volunteer Job Board to see how you can help.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
8014 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618
Second Harvest Food Bank feeds over 240,000 hungry men, women and children in Orange County every month. They work with non-profit agencies such as churches, shelters, local pantries and homes for abused and battered women and children. You can help by logging on to their website to donate money, donate food or volunteer your time.
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen
720 West 19th Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Founded in 1986 by the warm heart of Merle Hatleberg, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen feeds approximately 300 people a day, 7 days a week. The people they serve are the homeless, unemployed, developmentally disabled, physically disabled, working poor, senior citizens and children. Every Thanksgiving, Someone Cares Kitchen serves a warm Thanksgiving meal to thousands of those that may otherwise go without.
FIND (Food in need of distribution) Food bank
83775 Citrus Avenue
Indio, CA 92201
FIND Food bank has been feeding the hungry in Eastern Riverside County for the past 27 years. They provide food to over 90 agencies, such as food pantries, after school care, soup kitchens, summer children programs, homeless shelters and more. FIND Food bank also employs several outreach programs such as kid’s summer, senior outreach, nutritional education, food stamp outreach and mobile pantry truck.
Corona-Norco Rescue Mission-God’s Kitchen
420 West Harrison Street
Corona, CA 92880
The Corona-Norco Rescue Mission is a transitional housing program helping the homeless. They provide food, shelter, clothing, education, job training, guidance, health care and more. The Rescue Mission also manages God’s Kitchen which feeds the less fortunate every day.
More Ways To Help
Mothers In Action And Ward Villas Senior Complex
1177 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90077
They will have a dinner for 200 people and be driving food to another 800 locations! They need drivers, so if you’re interested in helping please stop by or call them.
Fred Jordan Mission
445 Towne Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013
They have more than enough volunteers for Thanksgiving, but they need toys for Christmas! Please donate and volunteer after the holidays.
MEND (Meet Each Need With Dignity)
(818)897-2443 or (818)896-0246
10641 N. San Fernando Road
Pacoima, CA 91331
MEND can use your help over the holidays, but they really need folks to step up after January 1st.
Desiree Eaglin has dedicated her life to helping others. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest.