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How the Food Bank Works

The Valley Food Bank is helping food insecure people
throughout the San Fernando Valley region and surrounding


The Food Bank Process

The Valley Food Bank was established in 2001 to serve the food insecure in the San Fernando Valley. Our warehouse facility is a central hub that collects, processes, and distributes surplus food at no-charge to a network of rescue centers, food pantries, and soup kitchens to provide hot nutritious meals and food baskets to the homeless and needy throughout the community. (Food Pantry Locations)

The Valley Food Bank distributes over 1.20 million pounds of food per year to more than 150,000 hungry people.  But where does all that food come from? 

Grocery Stores & Restaurants 

  • 74% of our food donations come from local businesses in our community. 
  • Many of these donations include fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy products. 

 Food Manufacturers 

  • Overstocked or discontinued food items that would otherwise go to waste are put to good use at the food bank.

Food Drives 

  •  Most of the canned goods and other non-perishable food items we receive come from food drives.  Caring members of the community organize food drives at their workplaces, schools, clubs, churches and synagogues.