As the rising number of individuals and families turn to food banks to eat, Mayor Bob Foster encourages the city to help Long Beach residents in need by donating canned or packaged foods. Collection barrels will be placed in 28 locations throughout the city. Donations will be accepted beginning Nov. 19 until Dec. 31.
“Food banks across Southern California are facing increased demand,” said Foster. “It’s not just the holidays; the need extends throughout the year. So we’re asking residents that if you’re in the position to help, that you do your part for those who are less fortunate.”
All of the food donated during this food drive will benefit Long Beach residents. Long Beach-based Food Finders will collect from the 28 locations and then re-distribute the donated food to more than 100 organizations in Long Beach.
“Our phones have been ringing off the hook,” said Arlene Mercer, Food Finders executive director. “Some people who are calling have lost their jobs, but many are still working in low paying jobs and can't afford to feed their families. People simply can’t keep up with the high cost of food, housing, healthcare and gas. Our organizations have seen a 45% increase of people requesting help compared to last year.”
For a complete list of suggested items and drop-off locations, visit www.longbeach.gov/mayor.
About Food Finders
Food Finders, Inc. is a multi-regional food bank that serves as a conduit between the donors, service agencies and people in need. The non-profit provides food to feed the impoverished and hungry people, and referral services in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. For more information, visit www.foodfinders.org.
( Food Finders pick-up locations )