The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank announced Wednesday it received a $150,000 grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation.
“This grant will help the residents in our community who are food insecure, including providing nutritious food for children so that they will experience better health and school performance, and supplying low-income seniors with the dietary requirements that will improve their quality of life,” said Food Bank President and CEO Michael Flood.
“The S. Mark Taper Foundation is addressing a critical need in our community,” Flood said. “We cannot emphasize enough the importance of these funds.”
Founded nearly 45 years ago, the food bank serves more than 300,000 individuals each month.
“We are proud to support the LA Regional Food Bank’s efforts to provide food to those that are hungry, conduct hunger education, and advocate for policies that would alleviate hunger across greater Los Angeles,” said Adrienne Wittenberg, executive director of the S. Mark Taper Foundation.
One in seven residents of Los Angeles County live with food insecurity and have limited access to food, disrupted eating patterns, and reduced food intake, according to the food bank.
With support from its donors, the food bank distributed 67 million pounds of food — the equivalent of 55 million meals — in 2016. That figure includes more than 12 million pounds of fresh produce, an increase of 6.5 percent from the previous year.
The food bank collects food from hundreds of resources, then distributes through a network of 625 partner agencies throughout the county that provide food to more than 300,000 clients on a monthly basis.
Its staff of 120 is supported by 30,000-plus unpaid volunteers.
–City News Service