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Our Programs

Westside Food Bank distributes 4.5 million pounds of food every year.

We acquire food through both donations and bulk purchases, and provide this consistent supply of nutritious food to our member agencies during weekly or as needed visits to our warehouse.

In addition to supplying food for our member agencies’ pantry and food assistance programs, we provide limited direct food distribution and help develop programs for specific high-need populations:

COVID-19 Emergency Relief

To minimize the damage of COVID-19 on food insecure people and counteract the effect of two pantry closures, Westside Food Bank coordinated with the City of Santa Monica to open a weekly pop-up food pantry in a city park that provides over 17,000 pounds of food for more than 500 households each week. We are also working with Meals on Wheels West to provide boxes of groceries that volunteers deliver to homebound seniors along with their prepared meals.

Children

We provide high-protein foods and fresh produce for backpack and hot meal programs serving children and families, and free farmers’ market-style distributions in Culver City Unified School District.

Veterans

Veterans in need of nutritional support have access to free weekly farmers’ market-style produce distributions (temporarily suspended due to COVID-19), can receive bagged lunches at multiple VA sites, and receive food from several veteran-centric WSFB member agencies.

College students

We supply food to UCLA’s Food Closet, for multiple Santa Monica College food assistance programs, at Mount Saint Mary’s University farmer’s market-style distributions, and for West Los Angeles College’s food pantry.

Summer Hunger

Starting in 2017, our supplemental bags of kid-friendly and breakfast foods help over 6,000 students get enough nutrition when school is out of session and school meals disappear during the summer. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are providing additional food for agencies this summer to distribute to families with children in lieu of our traditional supplemental food bags.

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With every donated dollar, we are able to provide someone in need with enough food for four hearty meals.

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