The Foodbank of Southern California | Food Suppliers
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Food Suppliers

We are pleased to accept highly nutritional food product from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailer, distributors, restaurants, farmers or other food industry businesses.

The Foodbank of Southern California depends on donations from the food industry to help feed hungry people in Los Angeles County. Our network of Nonprofit Agency Partners that conduct hunger-relief and feeding programs throughout the county come to The Foodbank to pick up products to provide food and meals to those in need.

The Foodbank has a 40,000+ square foot warehouse facility that includes both a 29,248 cubic foot walk-in freezer and a 7,312 cubic foot walk-in cooler. We have ample parking space, and portable loading docks. The Foodbank’s staff, fleet of trucks, forklifts and other equipment can safely collect donations from the food industry and redistribute them to community members in need of highly nutritional food. Every donation is weighed and inspected for integrity prior to distribution. All food donations are handled in compliance with food safety handling procedures. Your donation will be distributed to feeding programs run by The Foodbank’s Nonprofit Agency Partners in Los Angeles County.

The Foodbank of Southern California Food Suppliers

Donation Benefits

  • Minimize Food Insecurity: Donating to The Foodbank helps to feed hungry people in the community, who would otherwise have the daily burden of finding access to highly nutritional food to stave off hunger.
  • Recognition: The Foodbank will work with our food donors to publicly recognize their generosity.
  • Save on Operating Costs: Corporate donors save on storage costs and waste collection fees by donating to The Foodbank.
  • Tax Incentives: The Foodbank provides receipts for all donations. The 1976 Tax Reform Act (H.R. 10612) allows you to deduct all of the costs of producing, packaging and delivering your products, plus up to 50% of the difference between the cost and its fair-market value. Businesses should consult with their tax advisors as well as visit the IRS website for more information on tax deductions for charitable donations. 
  • Saving Nutritional Food: Donations help reduce your surplus of hard-to-move inventory and inventory that can be eaten, but not sold. Additionally, The Foodbank monitors agencies to ensure that your donated product does not reenter the marketplace.
  • Environmental Impact: Reduce food waste to landfill, lessening negative impact on the environmental.
  • Safety and Liability: The Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, releases all food donors from liability if the product was given in good faith at the time of donation.

 
What to donate?

The Food Bank accepts cases to truckloads of dry-stored, perishable or frozen food items and non-food items such as personal hygiene products and home cleaning supplies.

Foods needed:

The Foodbank accepts items that have not reached expiration. This includes:

  • Fresh produce
  • Frozen foods
  • Shelf-stable product (i.e. soups, canned fruits and vegetables, canned and packaged beans, packaged pasta, rice and macaroni products, nonfat dry milk)
  • Dairy
  • Food related inventory from promotions, seasonal merchandise, and national or private-label products.
  • Excess food products from trade shows.

Due to The Foodbank’s commitment to provide access to healthy food choices, The Foodbank does not accept savory snacks (chips, puffed cheese snacks, pork rinds), sweet snacks (cakes, cookies, donuts, ice cream, pastries and popsicles), nor soda and candy (hard candy, lollipops, soda in cans and bottles, chocolate bars or pieces, gum, marshmallows, caramels, taffy, licorice and gummy items).

The Foodbank does not accept:

  • Product that has reached expiration.
  • Product that has been thawed.
  • Product removed from its original packaging.
  • Repackaged or opened product.
  • Prepared food that has been exposed to public self-service.

Please call at 562-435-3577, to learn more about donating, our facilities and how we use food donations to combat food-insecurity here is Los Angeles County. Our fleet is always ready to pick up your generous donation!

The Foodbank sincerely thanks the hundreds of food donors who have made it possible to feed hungry children, families and seniors every day, especially in the poorest of the poor areas in the community.