Each year ABC7 helps our regional food banks in addressing the food insecurity crisis in our local communities by hosting the Feed SoCal Food Drive. This year, due to the end of the CalFresh emergency allotments and the impact of inflation, the need for food is even greater.
To tackle this need, ABC7 is partnering again this year with Stater Bros. Markets and Subaru Retailers for the 12th Annual Feed SoCal Food Drive. The campaign will take place during the month of June and will support the following food banks in Southern California: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino, and Food Share, Ventura County's Food Bank.
Statistics show that 1 out of 7 individuals in Southern California is dealing with food insecurity and as the cost of food has increased by 9.5% this past year because of inflation, many more may be struggling to feed their families.
ABC7, Stater Bros. Markets, Subaru, and our regional food bank partners will be hosting (4) Feed SoCal Friday's events to collect much-needed food and cash donations. The food collection sites will provide our viewers throughout the five counties an opportunity to donate non-perishable food items, purchase $5.00 donation cards, or donate loose change at any register at their local Stater Bros. Markets. Non-perishable food donations will also be accepted at the participating Subaru Retailers. The food and cash donations will be shared with our food bank partners for distribution to food pantries and individuals in need in local communities.
How You Can Help
1. - You can donate $5.00 or loose change at any register at your local Stater Bros. Markets.
2. - Text to Give: Text "FEEDSOCAL" to 41444
3. - Go to your local Subaru Retailer and drop off non-perishable food items and leave them in the Feed SoCal collection box.
4. - Buy a T-shirt: ABC7 has teamed up with local muralists to create exclusive Feed SoCal-themed t-shirts. ABC7 will donate 100% of its proceeds from Snow Commerce's sale of these t-shirts to support Southern California regional food banks. Check them out at abc7.com/shop.
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Feed SoCal Sponsors:
Stater Bros. Markets - At Stater Bros., Southern California has always been home. In 1936, our founders Cleo and Leo Stater opened the original Stater Bros. Market in Yucaipa, CA on the promise of providing good food at a fair price. But it was their commitment to service and care for their community that set them apart. Today, those values continue to guide everything we do. We commit to helping you stretch your dollar further, eat healthier, shop with comfort and ease, and delight your family. All while feeling like there is someone out there that cares, because we do. It's about doing the right thing for the right reason. That reason is you.
@StaterBrosMarkets on Facebook
@StaterBrosMarkets on Pinterest
Hashtags: #StaterBros, #CommunityFirst
Stater Bros. Charities - Stater Bros. Charities, the nonprofit arm of Stater Bros. Markets, helps strengthen Southern California communities by stewarding donations from Stater Bros. shoppers, teammates, and vendor partners into local nonprofits, making a community-first difference. Our mission is to advance charitable efforts in our neighborhoods by investing in organizations and causes focused on hunger relief, children's well-being, education, health, veterans and active military, and pet well-being.
@StaterBrosCharities on Facebook
Subaru - subaru.com
Feed SoCal Food Bank Partners:
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank - The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has been mobilizing resources to fight hunger in Los Angeles County since 1973. To support the Food Bank's vision that no one goes hungry in Los Angeles County, food and grocery products are distributed through a network of 700 partner agencies and directly to those in need through Food Bank programs. The Food Bank has distributed more than 1.7 billion pounds of food, the equivalent of 1.35 billion meals, since 1973. The total value of food and grocery product distributed since the Food Bank's inception is $2.3 billion. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food Bank tripled the number of people helped, and now reaches 900,000 people every month. The Food Bank is a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator. For more information, visit LAFoodBank.org and follow on social media:
Hashtags: #LAFoodBank #WeFeedLA
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County - The mission of Second Harvest Food Bank is to end hunger in Orange County. We are a purpose-driven organization committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure all are well fed. Providing dignified, equitable, and consistent access to nutritious food creates a foundation for community health and is a catalyst for societal transformation. In fiscal year 2021, our Food Bank distributed almost 60 million pounds of food through our Partner Network to an average of 490,000 individuals each month. For more information on how you can help, visit: www.FeedOC.org and follow on social media:
@SecondHarvestFoodBankOC on Facebook
@SecondHarvestFoodBankOC on Instagram
Food Share Ventura County - Food Share is the largest hunger-relief organization in Ventura County, serving approximately 190,000 food-insecure people each year. In 2021, Food Share distributed nearly 19 million pounds of food, the equivalent of just under 16 million meals. A county-wide network of 190 pantry partners collects nutritious fresh and shelf-stable food items, at no charge, from Food Share's warehouse to distribute to their local communities. Food Share also supplies multiple weekly drive-thru emergency food box distributions and runs several programs serving vulnerable communities including farmworkers, low-income seniors, and the unhoused. For more information, please visit: www.foodshare.com and follow on social media:
@FoodShareofVenturaCounty on Facebook
Feeding America Riverside/San Bernardino - Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino (FARSB) is leading the fight against hunger in the Inland Empire by providing food access, emergency relief, education, and advocacy to families in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. FARSB opened in 1980 as Survive Food Bank in response to the increasing concern about the dual problems of hunger and food waste in the Inland Empire. Today, FARSB is the primary source of food to over 250 local nonprofit organizations, distributing over two million pounds of food monthly to emergency food pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, high-need elementary schools, halfway houses, senior centers, residential treatment centers, shelters for the abused, after school programs and group homes. With the help of these charity partners, they make up the largest hunger-relief organization in the Inland Empire, making food security a reality for over 1.2 million people every year. Feeding America Riverside | San Bernardino proudly holds the 2022 Guide Star Platinum Seal of Transparency, the highest level of transparency achievable through Guide Star. For more information, visit FeedingIE.org and follow on social media:
@feedingamericaie on Instagram