Holiday Food Drive Food Finders Oct to Dec

Annual Holiday Food Drive October 1st to December 31st

Helping families in need during the holidays

There are many ways you can make a difference for families struggling with hunger this holiday season.

Food Finders collects food from October through December, feeding thousands of families in need right here in Southern California.  We are collecting food items to help families feed their children and enjoy some f the pleasure of the holiday season that come during the winter months.

Our annual Holiday Food Drive starts October 1st – December 31st and Food Finders needs your support to collect as much food as possible for our nonprofit partners during the holidays. This year Food Finders is setting out to ensure everyone has a chance to create an experience around the table for the holidays. According to the California Food Policy Advocates, “4.7 million adults and 2.0 million children live in households affected by food insecurity”. Right now, you can register to become a food drive participant by signing up using our easy form below to help reduce food insecurity for a family in Southern California.

Rally your coworkers, get your boy scout or girl scout troop involved or inspire your school classroom to start a food drive to help your local community make this holiday season a hunger-free one! See below for a list of items we’re collecting:

Monetary support over the holidays ensures we can continue our programs through December and into 2022:

To make a donation towards our holiday food drive, please,

Give families their next holiday meal. To make a turkey donation today,

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Hunger

LGBTQ And Hunger: What You Should Know

In honor of Pride Month, Food Finders is shining a spotlight on some of the lesser-known facts about hunger and how it affects the LGBTQ community.

While hunger is often tied to homelessness, and a high population of people served by our partner agencies and pantries are homeless or unemployed, an oft-overlooked community that is reliant upon food banks, pantries and social services continues to be LGBTQ adults and teens. As indicated recently by Oregon Food Bank, more than a quarter of this community struggles with food insecurity. The reasons for this are tied directly to similar discriminatory acts faced by people of color.

Discrimination at places of work, within housing and education and even within the healthcare system has affected the levels of poverty that are perpetuated and growing within the transgender community in particular. Additionally, LGBTQ people of color have twice the rate of hunger as general BIPOC. A report issued in 2016 by the Williams Institute showed that The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) served nearly 1.37 million LGBTQ Americans several years ago, and we know that number has increased since. Worse, proposed cuts to the SNAP program further threaten food access for LGBTQ adults, although the country’s current administration is hoping to see increases in the federal funding for SNAP, but the proposals have not been approved.

Support systems are crucial, in the community and within families. In some families there is rampant unacceptance of LGBTQ members, particularly teens, and they are left to fend for themselves. While organizations like National LGBTQ Anti-Poverty Network , the National LGBTQ Task Force and many others advocate for their communities regularly, there is still much progress to be made.

You can help! Food Finders urges everyone to take a few minutes to get involved and lend a voice on behalf of our LGBTQ friends and family. Start here to share your stories and messages of support.

As William Faulkner said, “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty, truth, and compassion against injustice…If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.”

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