Legal-name: Food Finders
Previous-name: Patti Larson
Address: 10539 Humbolt St.
City: Los Alamitos
Officer: Diana Lara, Executive Director
ContactName: Patti Larson
Title: Grants & Marketing Manager
Grant-purpose: To offset expenses associated with food rescue and hunger relief efforts during COVID-19
Periodoftime: Through end of 2020
Audienceserved: All low income, homeless, food insecure, indigent, elderly, families with children, vets and recently unemployed
Demoofaudience: All inclusive
Q1. What disaster recovery service have already been provided?: We have been mobilizing to purchase nonperishable food items as much as possible, in addition to our regular perishable and prepared food rescue. Many volunteers who are seniors are self-isolating, so we’ve had to use staff drivers for more pick ups than usual.
2. What disaster recovery service will be provided by this grant? : Food Finders is mobilizing to procure as much nonperishable food as possible, along with perishable items where available, to our nonprofit pantry and shelters partners. We will use this grant to cover expenses normally covered by funders and monetary donors that have now decided to redirect their money elsewhere, delay funding, or simply not donate at all given the current health crisis and financial market situation. This includes program and overhead–unrestricted operating costs in general. Without this funding, there’s a chance our program will be significantly impacted. Nearly 30% of our partner pantries and shelters rely on Food Finders as their sole source of food.
3. What organization and or individuals will you assist? : We currently serve more than 350 pantries, shelters and missions, many of which are in Long Beach area, by linking donated food. They are serving and providing food to people in need, right now mostly in the form of grocery items and grab and go prepared meals. Normally we are able to provide enough food for 23,000 meals daily. The demand has increased exponentially over the past weeks.
4. What other disaster recovery funds have you received? What amount? None from government sources. One bank has contributed $25,000 for the purchase of food.
Q5What other disaster recovery funds have you applied for: None from government sources. Awaiting information on any available EFSP funds that are not part of their ongoing, usual grant system.