Local food banks get much-needed donations from community organizers
2009-11-19 · By Barbara Holbrook
The food banks are always short on food during the holiday season regardless of economic situations and hardships. However, due to some of the toughest financial times the country has seen in decades, food shortages are at epidemic proportions. In Long Beach, local food banks have reported a 60 percent increase in needy families waiting for food assistance.
There are many community organizations rallying to respond to the emergency need for food bank donations. The groups below are collecting donations to feed the hungry in Long Beach. Some food drives are holiday-specific, others last all year long.
WLLB Thanksgiving Food Drive
We Love Long Beach and Food Finders have teamed up for a pre-Thanksgiving food drive aimed at engaging the residents of Long Beach and encouraging them to give back to their neighbors in need. The WLLB Thanksgiving Community Food Drive ends November 20.
Find participating food drop-off locations at: http://welovelb.org/2009/10/thanksgiving-food-drive-drop-off-locations/
Requested food donations: canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter/jam, spaghetti sauce, chili/stew, assorted rice or beans, canned soup, pasta mixes or boxed crackers.
Hot Rods Against Hunger
Hot Rods Against Hunger is a benefit for the Long Beach Rescue Mission. On November 22 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Gypsy 3 Productions will host a car show and Food Drive at Frisco’s Long Beach, 4750 East Los Coyotes Diagonal. Their last car show featured more than 100 classic vehicles. Frisco’s will donate 20% of food sales to the Long Beach Rescue Mission. Guests are also encouraged to bring a food donation. Each canned food item will be good for one raffle ticket.
Long Beach Basket Brigade
The LBBB is still accepting donations. A Basket Brigade is a special kind of Thanksgiving food drive. Thanksgiving baskets are given to individuals and families who are struggling. The LBBB partners with Food Finders, women shelters, schools and local churches to identify needy families and better serve the community. Visit their website for information: http://www.longbeachbsketbrigade.org.
For the second year in a row, Mayor Bob Foster and Food Finders are partnering together to help shrinking food bank supplies in the Long Beach area. This year’s food drive will also include a request for pet food to help out Long Beach pet owners and their animal friends. Collection barrels will be placed in 24 locations throughout the city. Canned or packaged food will be accepted starting today until Jan. 31, 2010.
LBFD, Salvation Army Team up to Fight Hunger
The Salvation Army, which had to close its food pantry briefly when donations ran dry, is back up and teaming with the Long Beach Fire Department for a food drive that will provide food to needy families. Food donations will be collected through December 31.
Canned foods are preferred and items stored in glass should be avoided. Drop off boxes are at each fire stations in the city and at the Salvation Army, 455 East Spring Street.
Grow and Give: Donating Food with SoCal Harvest
Do you have a garden or backyard orchard? Fresh produce is always a welcome at food charities. You can donate surplus fruits and vegetables from your garden through SoCal Harvest, a program run by Food Finders. If you need help with collecting the produce, SoCal Harvest will even arrange for volunteers to help pick fruits and vegetables, generally on a weekend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cornerstone Health & Wellness Ongoing Food Donations Collected
Cornerstone Health & Wellness is collecting food to help feed the hungry of Long Beach. The food drive will last indefinitely and will not stop when the holidays end, said Ryan Evans, president of Cornerstone. Patients that donate a can of food will receive a raffle ticket. At the end of the month, a drawing for a laptop computer will take place. Call 562-595-4111 for information.
Volunteers Needed to Donate Time
The organizations in charge of distributing the food have expressed a need for volunteers to help deliver holiday meals.
Food Finders will be doing its annual assemblage and distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets and meals this year on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21. Interested volunteers can call 562-598-3003 or visit www.foodfinders.org.
The Foodbank of Southern California also needs volunteers and donations. Information is available at www.foodbankofsocal.org.
Hunger isn’t limited to a season so bookmark this page and if you know of another place to donate food, leave us a comment and we’ll add it to the list.