Food Finders, Inc. was founded in 1989 by Arlene Mercer, who was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food merchants and grocers. Inspired to end the waste, she began forming liaisons with local vendors and seeking shelters that could use good, wholesome food to feed needy and impoverished families, children and elderly.
Food Finders was quickly formed, and from there the kitchen-table business grew into what is now a multi-regional food rescue organization that helps provide daily meals to more than 270 agencies and shelters throughout Southern California. Food Finders, employs eight staff and engages more than 300 volunteers. We rescue an average of 7.5 million pounds of food each year, in addition to referring hundreds of families to local shelters and agencies where meals are provided.