Local Nonprofit Food Finders Honored as Nonprofit of the Year by Assembly Speaker Rendon

 Food Finders Award

Photo courtesy of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon’s office. 

Local food bank Food Finders was named the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 63rd Assembly District by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon, who honored the organization on Wednesday.

“We as a society throw away far too much food when there are so many struggling with food security,” Rendon, who represents Long Beach, said in a release. “Food Finders fills a critical role by helping to feed the needy and impoverished, while reducing both food waste and our environmental footprint. It’s a win-win for all.”

The Lakewood-based multi-regional food bank and food rescue program relies heavily on volunteers who pick up donated food from hundreds of local grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets, the release stated. They distribute it directly to missions, shelters and social service agencies to feed the impoverished and needy.

Food Finders can provide enough food for 12,931 meals a day, on average, reducing the amount of food insecurity and food waste “prevalent throughout Southern California,” the release stated. 


 

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Stephanie Rivera is the immigration and diversity reporter for the Long Beach Post. Growing up as one of six kids in the working-class immigrant suburb of South Gate, she was taught the importance of civic engagement and to show compassion for others. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015. An avid Harry Potter fan, Stephanie now lives in Bixby Knolls with her boyfriend and their bearded dragon, Austin.
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