Westside Food Bank decided many years ago not to hold a fancy Spring gala because of the cost and staff time required. Instead, we created a tradition of inviting our community to partner with us to fight hunger in Westside neighborhoods through this non-event or Phantom Dinner, with the intent of encouraging one small gesture to effect widespread change.

Double The Impact of Your Donation!

Thanks to a generous gift from the Johnny Carson Foundation, all charitable donations to this year’s Phantom Dinner will be matched dollar for dollar up to $100,000 through June 30, 2023! For every dollar donated, we distribute 4 nutritious meals. If you donate now, you can turn those 4 meals into 8 meals for children, seniors, and adults like Jay who depend on our food for their health and well-being.

Join Our Monthly Donor Program

By becoming a monthly donor, you are making a commitment to ensure that vulnerable families who struggle with food insecurity in our Westside neighborhoods have enough food to eat when they need it – because hunger is an urgent need that cannot wait. Plus your first six monthly gifts will count towards the match, which will have a tremendous impact!

Meet Jay

This year’s Phantom Dinner focuses on Jay, a client at one of our Mobile Pantries. Jay was diagnosed with diabetes and fatty liver disease right before the pandemic hit. Then he lost his job and sought food assistance from our Virginia Avenue Park Mobile Pantry, where he had access to fresh produce and other nutritious food items that helped improve his health. 

We invite you to watch Jay’s video and hear how the fresh, nutritious food he received from Westside Food Bank helped him. We also invite you not to attend a fancy gala but rather to DONATE NOW to partner with Westside Food Bank to help people like Jay in our community access fresh, nutritious food.