The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank announced Wednesday it has received a $100,000 grant from Starbucks to help alleviate hunger in LA County.
The funds will support the Mobile Food Pantry Program, which visits underserved communities to distribute fresh food for people experiencing food insecurity.
This donation will provide the equivalent of 400,000 meals for families, children, seniors and individuals who do not have reliable access to adequate food. The Mobile Food Pantry operates like a free farmers' market, visiting areas that are not currently served by a traditional Food Bank agency.
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"One in five people in Los Angeles County struggles with hunger, including more than half a million children," said Michael Flood, President and CEO of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. "We are proud to partner with Starbucks and Feeding America to ensure that people who struggle with hunger have access to wholesome meals. This grant exemplifies what we can accomplish when we work together."
Jane Maly, social impact manager at Starbucks, said "Starbucks is committed to doing our part to alleviate hunger in the U.S. Our grant to the L.A. Regional Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry Program is an expansion on our existing partnership to donate our surplus food, helping them to provide access to give kids the nourishment they need to learn and succeed."
Starbucks is increasing its commitment to ending hunger, particularly among children and families, by investing in Feeding America food banks and meal programs across the U.S. This summer, the company committed $1.5 million to 17 food banks across the United States, including the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, as part of its efforts to help alleviate hunger. The company has also donated 20 million meals since 2016 through its U.S. FoodShare program, and is expanding hunger-related donation programs to additional countries around the world.