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COVID-19 Updates

Below you will find details about Westside Food Bank’s programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will update this page as new information becomes available.

Last Updated: June 19th, 2020


Where to Get Food Help:

Visit the Need Food Help? page for the most up-to-date information about how and where to get food assistance for you or your family.

Is Westside Food Bank Open?

Westside Food Bank is distributing more food than ever to meet the great need for food assistance during the coronavirus pandemic. Please note we are currently closed to the public due to Los Angeles County’s Safer-at-Home Order. We are maintaining limited business hours for essential operations only Monday through Thursday, from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Can Westside Food Bank Still Buy the Food People Need?

Wholesale food costs are increasing due to COVID-19, and the food supply chain is undergoing rapid changes as its many players navigate the current crisis. To counteract these changes, we are buying more food than usual to ensure that our warehouse is well stocked throughout the pandemic, and suspending all pending member agency fees. This is especially important so that our agencies can continue to distribute a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, frozen meat, eggs, soups and stews without interruption.

How You Can Help:

More than ever, people are experiencing food insecurity and are at risk of becoming homeless. As the need for emergency food assistance skyrockets, we need your help to continue buying the truckloads of food required to keep our warehouse stocked.

Please support WSFB’s COVID-19 emergency relief efforts. Every dollar you donate will allow us to provide people in Western LA County with enough food for four nutritious meals.

Food Donations & Food Drives:

Individual Donations: Please do not bring us individual donations of food. We are only able to accept large collections of food, and only by appointment.

Food Drives: Westside Food Bank is looking for groups such as faith-based organizations, schools, clubs, scouting groups, neighborhood groups, and others that can hold food drives to collect specific food items that are greatly needed including pasta, pasta sauce (unbreakable packaging please), and breakfast cereal. If you would like to collect these foods for us, please contact Westside Food Bank’s Director of Volunteer Services and Extra Helpings Westside, Allison Griffith, to make arrangements. It is a great help to our staff to have these specific foods sourced and collected for us so that we can continue to support our member agencies and feed our community as efficiently as possible.

Virtual Food Drives: Donate to our existing Virtual Food Drive. To set up a custom peer-to-peer Virtual Food Drive and multiply your impact, please contact Westside Food Bank’s Development Manager, Aviva Kraus.

Is Westside Food Bank Accepting Food Donations from Food Vendors?

If you are a food manufacturer, distributor, grocery retailer, wholesaler, broker, grower, packer, or food transportation company with large-scale food donations, please contact Westside Food Bank’s Director of Volunteer Services and Extra Helpings Westside, Allison Griffith.

Volunteering:

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Westside Food Bank. We are unable to accommodate large groups at the current time due to COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, and we are not accepting any new volunteers as our volunteer needs are covered for the time being.

For a current list of local volunteer opportunities, please visit: www.alltogether.la/

Events:

Westside Food Bank is not currently hosting or attending any in-person events, but please visit our events page for information about upcoming virtual events.

Westside Food Bank’s 30th Annual 5K Hunger Walk is scheduled for Sunday, November 8th of this year. Registration will open later this summer. Please save the date to walk and fundraise with us to help end hunger during this momentous occasion, be it in person or virtually.

Corporate Engagement:

Food Donations: We are currently accepting limited food drive donations of specific foods that are greatly needed. Please do not bring us individual donations of food, we are only able to accept large collections of food, and only by appointment. If your office would like to collect these foods for us, please contact Westside Food Bank’s Director of Volunteer Services and Extra Helpings Westside, Allison Griffith to make arrangements.

Virtual Food Drive: To multiply the impact of your drive by creating a customized Virtual Food Drive, please contact Westside Food Bank’s Development Manager, Aviva Kraus. This includes Holiday Turkey Drives!

Financial Contributions: Financial gifts enable us to grow programs and purchase nutritious food. Consider including Westside Food Bank as an option for employee gift-matching or your grant program, or contact Westside Food Bank’s Development Manager, Aviva Kraus to discuss more ways for your company to make an impact. You can also make a contribution now.

Member Agencies:

In order to supply a large volume of food as efficiently as possible to our existing partner agencies during the COVID-19 crisis, we are not currently accepting applications for new agencies.

If you are an existing member agency in need of assistance, please contact Westside Food Bank’s Director of Operations, Yvonne Leung.