A Los Angeles-based private foundation helped raise $200,000 for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank by making a $100,000 matching gift challenge, it was announced Tuesday.

The Food Bank is responding to the increased need for food assistance due to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as continuing to assist those who typically need its help. The Fineshriber Family Foundation matched Summer Hunger Challenge donations that will enable the Food Bank to provide enough food for 800,000 meals for local children and families in need.

“At The Fineshriber Family Foundation, we are committed to meeting the needs of children and families in our community, and during these unprecedented times, we felt it was our responsibility to help our neighbors in need,” said Beth Tigay, the executive director.

Food distribution from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s two distribution centers has increased by 70% compared to the first two months of 2020, and this time last year. The Food Bank has provided more than 27.5 million meals since the crisis started in March, according to Michael Flood, its president and CEO, and is reaching more than 200,000 people every week.

“With the pandemic’s economic impact, we have seen the need for food assistance increase markedly. The generous support of the Fineshriber Family Foundation makes it possible for us to increase our distributions and provide more nutritious food to those in need in L.A. County,” Flood said.

The Fineshriber Family Foundation, founded in 2005, is focused on supporting agencies that meet critical needs of children and families.

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