For the 17th consecutive year, Smart & Final partnered with Leo Quinones, host of The Film Freak Movie Interview, in holding what is always one of the largest single-location, holiday food drives in Southern California. Held on the three weekend days before Thanksgiving at the Smart & Final Extra! store located in Venice, this year’s drive raised more than 77,000 pounds of food for the Foodbank of Southern California.

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“Not only was this a huge amount of food, but it was all high-quality product. Many mass food donations are on the verge of spoilage. Think about that. Potatoes, tomatoes & all produce items have to be picked through to sort out rotten food. That’s like saying, ‘Well, rather than trash it, we’ll just give it to you.’ I was told by the Foodbank of Southern California that this drive was an exception, consisting of 100 percent of the highest quality food,” Quinones said.

As examples, Quinones cited the following donations:

• 20,000 Pounds of FRESH Potatoes
• 16,500 Pounds of FRESH Onions
• 2,500 Pounds of FRESH Tomatoes
• 10,000 Pounds of FRESH Carrots
• 40 Cases (6 – 96 oz cans per case) LIBBY’s Pumpkin Pie Mix
• 40 Cases (6 – 101 on cans per case) OceanSpray Cranberry Sauce
• 62 Cases (12 boxes per case) Mrs. Cubbison’s Stuffing (750 boxes)
• 45 Cases (6 – 96oz cans per case) Pineapple Chunks (270 Big Cans)
• 45 Cases (6 – 96oz cans per case) Green Beans (270 Big Cans)
• 45 Cases (6 – 96oz cans per case) Corn (270 Big Cans)

Quinones, who is passionately committed to the success of the drive, collects funds in advance and throughout the drive, and then personally oversees all food purchases, stretching donation dollars by buying in bulk at Smart & Final. Smart & Final directly contributed nearly $10,000 toward those purchases. Customers also were able to purchase and donate preassembled bags of needed food items at the store for $5.

About Leo Quinones: Leo Quinones hosts America’s longest running movie talk show, The Movie Interview (formerly The Film Freak Movie Talk Show), which has aired live every week live since 1997. Leo has never left the airwaves of Los Angeles in the past 17 years. That’s unmatched by any movie talk show personality. Leo isn’t a movie critic; he’s just a guy who likes movies! He’s also the guy with unfettered access to the biggest names in Hollywood. Visit Leo at

About Smart & Final: Smart & Final Stores, Inc. (NYSE: SFS), is a value-oriented food and everyday staples retailer that serves household and business customers. The Company is headquartered in Commerce (located in Los Angeles), CA, where it was founded over 140 years ago. As of October 5, 2014, the Company operated 252 grocery and foodservice stores under the “Smart & Final”, “Smart & Final Extra!” and “Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice” banners in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, and Idaho, with an additional 13 stores in northern Mexico operated through a joint venture.

Upcoming Film Freak Thanksgiving Food Drive

On the weekend before Thanksgiving, Leo Quinones, host of The Film Freak Movie Interview, heard on CBS Radio’s KFWB NewsTalk 980 AM Los Angeles, will attempt to raise 100,000 pounds of much-needed food for The Foodbank of Southern California.

This year marks the 17th year that Leo’s has taken on a holiday effort to help the less fortunate. The community’s financial support of this effort will make it possible for families, who otherwise go hungry on Thanksgiving, to celebrate this national holiday with dignity and grace. Leo has a personal stake to “deliver the goods,” as this fundraiser has grown to become one of the largest, most efficient food drives that benefits the hungry throughout Los Angeles County.

Leo will personally oversee bulk food purchases (made with donated funds), gathering the best of the best! High priority Thanksgiving staples include Mrs. Cubbison’s Stuffing, OceanSpray Cranberry Sauce and Libby’s Pumpkin Pie Mix. These quality food items are rare for the less fortunate. Leo will not stop until he has ‘Stuffed-the-Truck’ with food!

Join Leo any of the three days the weekend before Thanksgiving, November 21, 22 and 23, at Smart & Final located at 604 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291. Bring Leo your tax-deductible monetary donation, payable to The Foodbank of Southern California, or go online and make your donation on The Foodbank’s website: FilmFreakDonations.

If you have any questions about The Film Freak Thanksgiving Food Drive, email LEO directly at Be sure to visit
Happy Thanksgiving!

Chico’s – The Shops at Rossmoor partners with The Foodbank

Bring a nonperishable food item to the Chico’s Shops at Rossmoor (12217 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA 90740) and receive 10% off your purchase (including store promotions) on November 24th and 25th. The donated items will help feed needy families served by The Foodbank of Southern California.

Chico’s was founded in 1983 as a small boutique selling Mexican folk art and cotton sweaters on Sanibel Island in Florida. Their friendly environment and unique styles connected with customers in a special way that quickly evolved into over 700 Chico’s boutiques nationwide, a monthly catalog, and round-the-clock shopping at For 30 years, Chico’s helped millions of women look as great as they feel. Their chic prints, artisan jackets, and wrinkle-free Travelers collection have built quite a following at their boutiques.

Whole Foods Market Community Giving

April 2014 – The Foodbank of Southern California was selected by Whole Foods Market – Redondo Beach, to be the recipient of both nutritious food donations and a $23,992.93 financial contribution.

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Whole Food team members are part of the local community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to its shoppers and neighbors. Each store donates food to area food banks for distribution to people in need. Then several times a year, the stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. Last but not least, team members are constantly volunteering their time and expertise to an assortment of local non-profits.

For more information please visit Whole Foods Giving Program.

Darden Restaurants Makes an Impact

March 2014 – The Foodbank of Southern California is proud to be a recipient of funding from the Darden Restaurant Foundation’s Community Grants Program. The program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs.

The Olive Garden Italian Restaurant in Downey is the local Darden restaurant supporting our work to feed hungry children, families, and seniors who have limited access to healthy food choices. The grant meets Darden’s priority to support hunger relief in the community.

“We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.” For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit

Darden Restaurants, Inc., owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. The restaurant brands reflect a rich diversity of diners: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House.

Cinemark, Inc. Raises Funds and The Aloha Spirit for The Foodbank

In October 2013, Cinemark held its 24th Annual Charity Golf Dinner and Tournament in Dallas, Texas. The Foodbank was one of seven worthy nonprofit beneficiaries of the funds raised. In January, The Foodbank received a $25,000 donation as a result of this successful event.

The event kicked off in tropical style with a festive Luau dinner, complete with two roasted pigs, authentic flower leis, an island-themed band called “watusi” and even a fire-dancer who greeted Cinemark’s vendors, suppliers and special guests.

The event featured a huge silent and live auction. To raise even more funds, several auctioned items, were immediately donated back, and auctioned again to raise even more funds. The weather was perfect the over 300 golfers. Cinemark’s valued vendors, suppliers and partners were able to take in a day of networking, camaraderie and good times with Cinemark executive team members and key employees. Photos of the event can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.

Cinemark Holdings, Inc. is a leader in the motion picture exhibition industry with 506 theatres and 5,794 screens in the U.S. and Latin America. Cinemark has a unique operating philosophy which combines finding the right markets in which to expand, having high-quality, right-sized theatres, and a strong operating discipline, resulting in strong operating performance. Cinemark has grown through organic expansion and selective acquisitions, creating a diverse footprint of high quality theatres in high growth markets with superior demographics.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar Raises Over $15,000 for The Foodbank

For the second consecutive year, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, a leader in the upscale casual dining sector, selected The Foodbank of Southern California as the recipient of a major gift donation. The $15,055 gift was made possible through proceeds raised during Lazy Dog’s second annual holiday gift card program. For every $25 gift card purchase made between November 1st and December 31st, Lazy Dog donated the equivalent of 30 warm meals to The Foodbank, allowing gift givers to pay the giving spirit forward to those who need it the most. With the donation, The Foodbank will be able to provide one million nutrient-rich meals to those in need as part of their mission to serve the underserved throughout Southern California.

“After the great success of our holiday gift card program last year, all of us at Lazy Dog felt passionate about making it an annual tradition,” states Lazy Dog owner Chris Simms. “It’s easy to get caught up in the craziness of the holidays, so we are glad to do our part to celebrate the true spirit of the season with a fundraiser that gives back to those who don’t always have the luxury of a warm meal.” A photo of the check presentation can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.

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Kaiser Permanente South Bay Physicians and Staff Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. Through Volunteerism at The Foodbank

In honor of this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, physicians and staff from Kaiser Permanente’s South Bay Medical Center volunteered their time at The Foodbank of Southern California on Saturday, January 11. Each year, Kaiser Permanente medical centers from across Southern California participate in service projects to celebrate the late civil rights leader’s legacy on or around King’s birthday, January 15.

“Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to total health extends beyond the care that we provide at the medical center,” said Lesley Wille, RN, executive director of Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center. “Each year we engage our physicians and staff in volunteer projects that improve the health of the communities we serve by increasing access to nutritious food, physical activity, health screenings and education.”

Fifty volunteers—including physicians, nurses, staff and their families—spent the morning sorting, sanitizing and packaging food for area families in need of nutrition support. The Foodbank of Southern California, located in Long Beach, has served impoverished children, families and seniors since 1975, focusing on areas of Los Angeles County with the greatest need—including North Long Beach, San Pedro, Compton and Watts. This is the second year that Kaiser Permanente South Bay has partnered with the Foodbank in honor of Dr. King.

“Corporate partners, like Kaiser Permanente, are critical to our work at The Foodbank,” said John Knapp, President of The Foodbank of Southern California. “Rising food prices, unemployment and underemployment have all contributed to an ever increasing demand for nutritional support. Thanks to the help of Kaiser Permanente South Bay, we were able to prepare over 1,000 boxes of food for area families in need.”

A photo of the Kaiser Permanente employees volunteering for the event can be viewed in our Photo Gallery.

Feinstein Challenge to End Hunger

For the 12th consecutive year, The Foodbank is participating in the Alan Shawn Feinstein Challenge to Fight Hunger. The Feinstein Foundation will award $1 million to anti-hunger agencies nationwide based on funds raised for the challenge between March 1 and April 30. Last year The Foodbank received $11,108 in matching funds. We hope that you will partner with us in this challenge by making a philanthropic donation to The Foodbank by April 30.

Here are just a few critical issues our community is experiencing:

• Rising food prices, high unemployment and underemployment are all contributing to high food hardship.

• For many low-income households, the lack of money simultaneously contributes to both hunger and obesity. Healthy foods can be expensive, and impoverished people find it difficult to purchase foods for healthier diets, often relying on cheaper, high calorie foods to stave off hunger. Unfortunately, maximizing caloric intake for each dollar spent, often leads to consuming more calories and less healthful diets.

• The Foodbank is experiencing a steady demand for services due to the number of Los Angelinos living in poverty. As of December 2012 there were still 494,000 unemployed people in the County, who need healthy, nutritious food for their families.

The Foodbank’s primary goal is to prevent and alleviate the damage persistent hunger inflicts by providing access to healthy food choices. With your support our supplemental feeding program helps a child’s capacity to learn and perform in school, advances healthy aging and facilitates independent living for seniors, and lessens the daily burden of the working poor to choose between paying for food and other necessities such as utilities, housing, or medical care.

Your support will bring hope, joy, and life to those in need by fulfilling the basic human right and need for nutritional food. One-time and recurring donations to The Foodbank can be made in a variety of ways: click the DONATE NOW button on the website, mail a check to 1444 San Francisco Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90813, or call us at (562) 435-3577.

Thank you for considering the gift of life.

LAZY DOG RESTAURANT & BAR Raises $15,180 for The Foodbank

Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, a leader in the upscale casual dining sector, has made a matching gift to the proceeds generated during their 2012 holiday gift card fundraiser for The Foodbank of Southern California. With Lazy Dog’s $15,180 total donation, The Foodbank will be able to serve the equivalent of more than one million meals to hungry citizens in the area to further their mission of providing basic sustenance and proper nutrition to those in need. The fundraiser allowed customers to not only share the gift of a Lazy Dog meal with friends and family, but also extend that giving spirit to provide a warm meal to those who need it the most.

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RYDER Fall Food Drive and 25% Truck Rental Discount Coupon

Ryder Commercial Rental will be collecting canned foods and dry goods for the entire month of November. When you donate a non-perishable item for the hungry, at any Ryder location, Ryder will give you 25% off your next rental.

See this flyer for more information Ryder Food Drive and Discount Coupon.


  • Foodbank Receives Highest Award in 2011 Feinstein Challenge


The Foodbank of Southern California received the highest award in California and 9th in the Nation for the Feinstein Challenge to Fight Hunger. The Feinstein $1 million award was split among nearly 2,000 participating food providers from across the county. The Foodbank was awarded $10,395.74 for the substantial donations of cash, checks and food items, obtained from March 1 to April 30, 2011. A huge thank you is extended to our constituency of loyal donors for making this matching gift possible.

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  • Long Beach Harvest Festival


The Foodbank of Southern California is partnering with Harvest Festival Original Art and Craft to help community outreach efforts to feed hungry people in the community. The Long Beach Harvest Festival will be held September 23-35, 2011 at the Long Beach Convention Center (Hours: Fri/Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-5pm). Patrons who bring nonperishable food items for donations will receive a $2 discount off admission.

The Harvest Festival fields the finest in arts & crafts, entertainment, and specialty foods. It is revered as the west coast’s largest and finest craft show with over 24,000 handmade items from artists throughout North America. With entertainment and tantalizing gourmet foods, the festival atmosphere makes exploring the exhibits an exciting day of discovery.

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  • USDA Announces School Meal Changes for Health and National Security


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking comments on its proposal to make school meals healthier. Click here to see USDA’s current video on this issue.


  • RT Booklovers Convention Giant Book and Food Drive


The Foodbank of Southern California is honored to be the recipient of the upcoming RT Booklovers Convention Food Drive. The RT Booklovers Convention will take place April 6-10, 2011 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel & Suites in Los Angeles. On Saturday, April 9th, from 11 am to 2 pm, at the giant book fair, The Foodbank will place empty barrels outside the entrance for donations. For more information about the RT Booklovers Convention go to

  • The Foodbank of Southern California named “6th Best Charity in America” by


The Foodbank of Southern California was honored to be listed among the top 20 charities in the nation by The list was created for “Anyone who chooses to use their hard-earned money to help others.”

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  • Foodbank Partners with Modern House Call for 2010 Women’s Conference

    The Foodbank of Southern California is pleased to be a partner in the upcoming Modern House Call Event; an add-on to the 2010 Women’s Conference sponsored by First Lady of California, Maria Shriver. The Modern House Call Event is a comprehensive health, wellness, and financial services clinic available at no charge to uninsured, underinsured, and unemployed women. The holistic event will include educational exhibits and counseling services provided by non-profit organizations and government agencies to encourage healthy lifestyles and preventive care. The Foodbank of Southern California will be preparing 3,000 bags of nutritious foods; including health and beauty products for event participants. To volunteer with The Foodbank for this effort call 562.435.3577.

    The Women’s Conference attracts more than 35,000 women to its annual event, in which participants from diverse backgrounds are “educated, inspired, and empowered” to create change in their local and global communities. In attendance will also be First Lady Michelle Obama; Oprah Winfrey; and judges, Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Women’s Conference is scheduled for Friday, October 22, 9am-7pm; Saturday, October 23, 7am-5pm; and Sunday, October 24, 7am-5pm. The location is The Walter Pyramid at California State University at Long Beach.

    For more information about the Modern House Call Event go to For more information about the Women’s Conference go to

  • United Cambodian Community Award Recipient

    The Foodbank was honored by the United Cambodian Community in recognition of its dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for demonstrating civic pride by assisting in building bridges with refugee communities. At the award ceremony, certificates of Commendation and Recognition, were presented to The Foodbank from Don Knabe, Supervisor, Fourth District; Jenny Oropeza, Senator, 28th District; Bob Foster, Long Beach Mayor; Bonnie Lowenthal, Assemblymember; and Alan Lowenthal, Senator.

  • Crystal Vision Award and Certificate of Recognition

    Bonnie Lowenthal, California State Assembly Member, 54th District, presented a Certificate of Recognition to The Foodbank of Southern California in response to their receiving a Crystal Vision Award from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California. The Foodbank was honored for their excellence in community service in Southern California. Boeing’s Crystal Vision Award is making it possible for The Foodbank to connect restaurants, caterers and other food service providers with nonprofit food distribution centers to deliver their “leftovers” to those in need.

  • For A Good Cause

    Residents of Long Beach help people all year through a variety of activities. Listed below are the results of some projects, as well as more opportunities to reach out to others. The Wells Fargo Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Foodbank of Southern California, which has seen a 42% increase in need for its services since last year. The Foodbank is the primary food provider to more than 700 community-based organizations through the Southland including Long Beach.

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  • Restaurants, food banks team up as need grows

    John Knapp, president of the Food Bank of Southern California, is frustrated by both the growing ranks of hungry families that need his organization’s services and the tons of prepared restaurant foods regularly sent to landfills instead of the needy. As the lingering recession continues to take its toll, demand for the food bank’s services were up more than 40 percent in June from a year ago, he said, noting that those who don’t know where their next meal is coming from include more middle-class families, single mothers and seniors. But many operators, who in California throw out an estimated 1.5 million tons of prepared food annually, according to the Integrated Waste Management Board, are not stepping up to the plate, Knapp said.

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  • States passing laws to assist food pantries

    As pantries across the nation face increasing demands for help, a growing number of states have enacted or are considering laws to make it easier for restaurants to donate leftover food to charities….Many of the new laws are designed to add extra liability protection for food donors.

    A California bill aims to ease communication between food banks and restaurants willing to donate. The bill would establish a database containing the contact information of food outlets interested in donating their leftovers, making it easier for food banks to contact them. The bill is in committee and awaiting its first hearing, according to the Legislature’s website. State Sen. Jenny Oropeza, a Democrat, introduced the bill and also sponsored a similar one in 2008. That bill failed, but the recession motivated Oropeza to try again. “There simply is too much perfectly good food being wasted in California,” Oropeza says. “Sadly, too many people are struggling financially and going to bed hungry.”

    John Knapp, president of the Food Bank of Southern California, says: “In an ideal world, this bill would have passed three decades ago. It’s a moral imperative that we donate food.”

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  • Food bank president hopes inaugural address mentions Hunger

    Many charities are straining to keep up with increasing number of people who need help feeding themselves and their families. KPCC’s Debra Baer reports that the head of one of the region’s largest food banks harbors high hopes for tomorrow’s inaugural address.

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  • Foodbank Feeds Los Angeles County

    The nonprofit provides food to more than 600 churches, shelters, senior centers, soup kitchens and other organizations, distributing about 1.3 million meals each week. It is aided by the Los Angeles Times Family Fund.

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