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THE FOODBANK'S MISSION Results and Accomplishments The Foodbank of Southern California is an established organization which successfully melds efficiency of service with a compassion for human caring. The Foodbank of Southern California continues to improve over time, by becoming more efficient and increasing the number of hungry children and families that are served by our organization. The Foodbank of Southern California works daily to alleviate the damage persistent hunger inflicts on children, seniors, and families by serving as many charitable distribution agencies and securing as many food donations as possible. We continue to be the largest distributor of food in the economically depressed areas of Watts, South Central Los Angeles and Compton. The Foodbank leads the way as the most cost effective distributor of food in the entire nation. In 2002, The Foodbank's $1,100,153 operating budget was used to transport over 27 million pounds of food and feed more needy families than was previously thought possible. The Foodbank's food distribution programs are accomplished by soliciting wholesome donations of nutritious food from the food industry and channeling these products to charitable community organizations supporting the needy. The Foodbank directs its efforts towards obtaining, storing and transferring large donations that the service agencies would independently be unable to handle due to logistics of transportation, space and refrigeration. The facility includes a 24,000 square foot warehouse with freezer and refrigeration space. It can hold 4.5 million pounds of food at any given time. There are over 200 corporate food donors, from producers and wholesalers to national corporations, who donate their nutritious food to The Foodbank. In its 28th year, The Foodbank is operating at peak efficiency providing $68 worth of food for every $1 donated. Nationwide, this figure is unprecedented and remains unmatched in foodbanking today. The national average is $24. Steadily increasing services and food distribution every year. The Foodbank has distributed over 300 million pounds of nutritious food in the past 28 years.
The Foodbank of Southern California serves hundreds of certified charitable community agencies daily throughout Southern California. Food is distributed to abused children and women shelters, crisis centers, childcare centers, homes for troubled youth, homeless shelters, substance abuse centers, senior centers, emergency box programs, soup kitchens, and food pantries.
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