In 1989 Founder Arlene Mercer, became concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food vendors. Inspired to end the waste, she began contacting restaurants, grocers and produce marts, linking their donated food to shelters and pantries that could use good, wholesome food to feed the impoverished and working poor in our communities.
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 food to more than 300 agencies and shelters throughout Southern California. Food Finders employs eleven staff and engages more than 300 volunteers. To date we have rescued more than 130 million pounds of food, in addition to referring hundreds of families to local shelters and agencies where meals are provided.