The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (LARFB) announced Monday that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) to support its BackPack Program.
One in four children in Los Angeles County faces hunger and the grant from the Dodgers Foundation will help the food bank better serve many of those children in need.
The BackPack Program provides hungry children with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends when other resources are not available.
“We are grateful for the generous donation from the Dodgers Foundation, which will help us continue to provide children in our community with the food they need,” LARFB president and CEO Michael Flood.
“Our BackPack Program ensures that children receive enough nutritious food to get them through the weekend when school is not in session.”
Every Friday, a backpack containing enough nutritious food for six meals is given to children enrolled in the program. The $15,000 LADF grant will provide 1,372 backpacks to 2,588 children at 12 schools during the 2014-2015 school year and will continue into the 2015-16 school year. The LADF is the official team charity of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Its primary focus is to support cornerstone programs in sports, recreation, education, literacy, health and wellness benefitting children and families in need throughout the greater Los Angeles region.
For 42 years, LARFB has worked to mobilize resources in the community to alleviate hunger. LARFB has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food since its inception. It provides food to 280,500 people monthly and in 2014 distributed 59 million pounds of food. The food bank collects food from hundreds of resources, which — with the help of 27,000 volunteers annually — it distributes through a network of more than 690 partner agencies at more than 1,000 distribution and program sites. For information on LADF, visit www.dodgers.com/ladf. For information on LARFB, visit www.lafoodbank.org.
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