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Corporate Citizenship & Giving Guide 2021: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

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1734 E 41st St, Los Angeles, CA 90058
(323) 234-3030
pr@lafoodbank.org
LAFoodBank.org
Twitter: @LAFoodBank
Instagram: @LAFoodBank
Facebook: @LAFoodBank
Established in 1973

LEADERSHIP
Executive Leadership
Michael Flood
President and CEO

Board of Directors
Whitney Jones Roy
CHAIR, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Keith Addis
Industry Entertainment Partners

Lena Al-Sarraf, Do
Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc.

James P. Beaubien
Latham & Watkins LLP

Sergio Bicas-Klein
YummyEarth

David Bishop
David Bishop Media

Christina Carroll
Stout Risius Ross, Inc.

Karen L. Corman
Skadden

Stephanie Edens
Aramark Business Dining and LifeWorks

Ron Frierson
Los Angeles Mayor’s Office

Dean Hallett
Hallett Leadership

Meredith Hightower
HBO Entertainment

Linda Hoos
University of Southern California

Dylan Jadeja
Riot Games

Gary Kirkpatrick
G&R Holdings

Robert Kronfli
Bacari Restaurants

Jordon Kruse
Oaktree Capital Management

Susan K. Leonard
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (Retired)

Silvano Merlo
Marriott International

Michael Montgomery
Montgomery Advisory, LLC

Abhilash Patel
Entrepreneur and Investor

Robert Perille
Shamrock Capital Advisors (Retired)

Felix Recht
Transom Consulting Group

Cary Rubinstein

Union Bank

Todd P. Solash
AIG

Mark Stegemoeller
Latham & Watkins (Retired)

James A. Thomson
RAND Corporation (Retired)

Justin Toner
Capital Group

Lindsay A. Wilcox
Goldman Sachs

Denise Woods, DRPH
University of California, Riverside

OFFICERS 
Michael Flood
President and CEO, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Steven Meisberger
Chief Financial Officer, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank
Weldon Wu
Corporate Secretary, Los
Angeles Regional Food Bank


MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to
•    Mobilize resources to fight hunger in our community
•    Source and acquire food and other products and distribute to needy people through charitable agencies or directly through programs;
•    Energize the community to get involved and support hunger relief;
•    Conduct hunger education and awareness campaigns and advocate for public policies that alleviate hunger

SERVICE AREA
Los Angeles County

FAST FACTS
What is your Charity Navigator Rating?
Exceptional – 4 stars (score = 94.69).
What percentage of total revenue goes to cause (after operation expenses)?
98.6%
What was your greatest recent community impact?
Nutritious food is a basic human need, and the LA Regional Food Bank and our partners helped provide critical assistance to roughly 900,000 people each month in 2021.

AREAS OF FUNDING
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has two flagship events. The “Taste of the Rams” is a joint venture between the Food Bank, the Los Angeles Rams and the LA Chef community. The Annual “Season for Sharing” event is held each year to highlight those friends who have made a significant contribution to fighting hunger in our community.

There are other opportunities for third-party events and co-ventures, such as the “Feed SoCal” campaign with Albertsons and ABC7, the “Help for the Hungry” campaign with Ralph’s/Food 4 Less and NBC4 or our peer-to-peer fundraising platform, Team #WeFeedLA.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Volunteers are critical to the Food Bank. Between 15,000 and 30,000 typically volunteer to glean, package and provide food for our neighbors in need. The Food Bank provides volunteer events and opportunities for individuals, corporations and organizations. In recent years, the Food Bank has hosted special volunteer days with many corporate partners and VIPs.
Learn more at LAFoodBank.org/volunteer.

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
The Food Bank’s Program Operating Fund supports essential functions, including acquiring, storing, transportation, and distributing three million pounds of food every week. Food is distributed to children, seniors, working families and individuals through nearly 700 partner agencies.

Generous donors also support the Mobile Food Pantry program, which was converted amid the COVID-19 pandemic to the large-scale drive-through food distributions that have been regularly featured on local and national news.

The Food Bank’s Senior Nutrition Program, one of the largest Senior Nutrition Programs in the United States, provides monthly food kits to roughly 28,000 seniors through the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).

One in four children in Los Angeles County may not know where their next meal is coming from. The Children’s Nutrition Programs provide healthy breakfasts, after-school meals, summer lunches, weekend meals and bags of fresh produce.

GOAL FOR 2022
As the economic recovery continues and the demand for food assistance remains high, the LA Regional Food Bank will maintain historically high levels of food acquisition and distribution in order to provide nutritious food to families and individuals throughout LA County.

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Paola Mendez
Paola Mendez
Paola Mendez graduated from Los Angeles Valley College, then transferred to University of California, and now serves as a Receptionist and Office Assistant to the Los Angeles Business Journal. Paola wears many hats in different departments and is trilingual in English, Spanish and French.
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