Since 1989, when Food Finders officially started rescuing food to donate to needy agencies and shelters who feed the hungry, the nonprofit has collected and redistributed 100 million pounds of food. This milestone was reached last month, coinciding with its 24-year anniversary, according to Food Finders.
The organization, which is headquartered in Signal Hill, focuses on reducing food waste in local communities, rescuing donated food from restaurants, grocers, caterers, bakeries and more. Its team of volunteers and staff drivers deliver the food daily to more than 200 nonprofit social-service agencies, shelters, centers and churches located throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.
Diana Lara, vice president of operations for Food Finders, coordinates all of the logistics of the donations and deliveries. “I am very proud of our 100 million pounds rescued,” she said. “Yet, despite our efforts, food insecurity continues to rise– 49 percent from 2001 to 2009– with the largest increase among households with children. According the National Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of edible food goes to waste in the U.S. We as an organization and community need to continue to build awareness and seek additional donations of food.”
Food Finders recently celebrated this milestone at its 2nd Annual Swing Dance, an anniversary event that featured a 17-piece band. A special banner was displayed to announce the significant accomplishment.
Each year the nonprofit sets a goal to collect even more food than prior years, which means it also seeks additional donors to add to its existing list. For 2013, the goal is to collect and redistribute 7.3 million pounds of food. This will provide enough for 41,000 meals per day.
Any food vendors or hospitality businesses wishing to support Food Finders may call Diana Lara at (562) 293-1400, ext. 101.
Source: Food Finders