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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: July 29, 2021


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 have reopened to the public Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm.

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 have been buying more food than usual to ensure that our warehouse has remained well stocked throughout the pandemic, and have suspended 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: We are now able to accept individual donations of food. Please leave them in one of the boxes at the front door if it’s after business hours.  We are not accepting frozen food items at this time but can accept some perishable if you call ahead and schedule an appointment. We are also able to accept large collections of food by appointment only. Please contact Westside Food Bank’s Director of Volunteer Services and Extra Helpings Westside, Allison Griffith.

Physical 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), juice, granola bars, protein bars and breakfast cereal. 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. Due to our limited staff we ask that you collect only one or two different items so that we don’t need to sort at the warehouse. If you would like to collect these foods for us, please apply to schedule your drive on our Food Drive page.

Virtual Food Drives: 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 slowly bringing back volunteers and you can reach out to Allison Griffith for more information.

For a current list of other 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 31st Annual 5K Hunger Walk is scheduled for October 2021. Check back for more details. Please join us to walk and fundraise 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. 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. We are also able to accept individual donations of food. Please leave them in one of the boxes at the front door if it’s after business hours. .

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

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:

If your organization is located in Westside Food Bank’s service area and is interested in becoming a member agency of Westside Food Bank, please contact Westside Food Bank’s Director of Operations, Yvonne Leung, to learn more about applying.

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