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2022 Nonprofit & Corporate Citizenship Awards: Philanthropist of the Year

Donald Goodman
Founder and CEO
Don Lee Farms

Donald Goodman is a visionary philanthropist who has been involved with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank for nearly 40 years. He currently is on the Food Bank’s emeritus council and is the premier sponsor for the Food Bank’s annual Taste of the Rams event that has raised more than $1,000,000 to help fight hunger in the community. He served on the Food Bank Volunteer Board of Directors, including three years as board chair, from 2004 to 2011. His company, Don Lee Farms, has been a food donor for nearly 40 years, donating millions of pounds of protein food items valued at millions of dollars.

Goodman and his family have been allies in the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank’s fight against hunger, sharing the vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County. Goodman has guided the Food Bank through the years through his volunteer leadership, strategic planning and generous philanthropic support, which includes both financial and food donations.

Goodman has provided much-needed leadership over the years as the Food Bank has increased distribution levels to record highs and expanded the number of people that it reaches each month to more than 800,000. Goodman is also a co-chair for the Food Bank’s Building Hope Campaign to raise $165 million dollars to increase the reach of the Food Bank. He and his family made a seven-figure commitment to launch the campaign, which has increased the number of individuals served each month from 300,000 to more than 800,000.

Part of the campaign was to acquire a new facility for the Food Bank. Goodman, who has served on the Facility Committee for nearly 20 years, was integral in the Food Bank purchasing and renovating a 265,000-square-foot facility in City of Industry, which will increase the amount of produce and frozen protein the Food Bank can distribute.


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