Approximately 2 million people in Los Angeles live with food insecurity

It is becoming increasingly important for students to stay informed, get involved, and take action on the issue of food insecurity in Los Angeles during COVID-19.

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🔎 What's Food Insecurity and Why Should You Care?

The first step of solving food insecurity is to know where and how it's started.

What is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity refers to the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources.


Why is this social issue important to us?

The right to food is a basic right. Food insecurity is rooted in systemic racism, disproportionately impacting BIPOC communities.

As students who attend school in Los Angeles, it's increasingly important to be cognizant of the community and the space that we occupy and recognize the power we hold to create impact.

We created this website to provide resources to other fellow students in Los Angeles to help take that first step in helping out their fellow peers and commmunity members. 😄


Why does it persist?

Food insecurity persists because it is related to income, employment, race/ethnicity, and disability. The risk for food insecurity increases when money to buy food is limited or not available.


What Effect Does It Have?

Food insecurity could delay the development of young children and increase the risk of chronic illnesses like asthma and anemia. Behavioral problems like hyperactivity, anxiety, and aggression can also arise in school-age children.


Is the Issue Urgent?

Yes. In 2020, 17 million Americans could become food insecure because of the pandemic. Globablly, 54 million people and 18 million children are currently food insecure.

According to Swipe Out Hunger, 1 in 3 college students also face food insecurity nationally.


What Can I Do?

As a student, get involved with local organizations. You can start by looking at our "Donation Locations" tab.

Don't forget to check out Swipe Out Hunger and learn how you can get involved in a 1o1 online student referral service that helps students.

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⏰ How Can I get Involved Right Now?

Are you in the position to donate? Read the steps below to see how you can help out.

1. Find Institutions that Accept Donations

Psst. Check out our "Donation Locations" tab and see where you might be able to donate in Los Angeles.

2. Research what Can be Donated

• Canned goods
• Pasta sauce
• Dried beans

Click here to learn more.

3. Be sure to check the expiration date of canned goods

Avoid donating anything past those dates to food banks as it could be unsafe to eat.

4. Deliver food to donation sites

Check out our "Donation Locations" tab to find local Donation sites near Los Angeles.

5. Provide Direct Donations

If you can't donate food, consider making a monetary donation instead!

6. Get Involved!

Check out Volunteer Match , a site that finds virtual or local volunteer opportunities near you.

Donation Locations Map 🗺️

Take a look a look at a couple of food banks and food pantries located in Los Angeles.
You're not in Los Angeles? We got you covered. Take a look at this food bank locator to locate your nearest food bank. ✨