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COVID-19 UPDATE: We have been communicating with our Food For Kids partner schools to explore the best ways to continue to support families during the school closures, and we are happy to report that we have been able to deliver bags of food to multiple sites to help local families in need during this challenging time.

We are still accepting donations - by appointment only - as long as our main office in Torrance remains open. Click here for complete details about our temporary donation procedures. 


How can any child concentrate in school when they are hungry?

While low-income students receive school-provided meals for breakfast and lunch during the week, many of their families are unable to feed them adequately on the weekends. The students then arrive at school on Monday without the proper nourishment, which can negatively affect their school performance and self-esteem. 

That’s where Food For Kids comes in... our volunteer and donation-driven food pantry provides bags of non-perishable food and health-related inserts to low-income students at partner schools in the South Bay and Harbor areas each week. Volunteers assemble and deliver bags of food filled with items to make 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners to the schools on Fridays. The school administration identifies the families with the greatest need each week, and the students take the bags home to share with their families over the weekend. Click here to read real-life narratives and news stories about the Food For Kids program and the families it serves.


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How You Can Help

 Make a Monetary Donation

Make an immediate impact on a family by donating toward the cost of a bag of food (each bag costs approximately $26), or become a member of Pantry Partners for an annual donation of $50 or more!

Click here to donate and put Food For Kids in the notes section

Click here to learn more about Pantry Partners.


 Make a Food Donation

Click here to review our Non-Perishable Food Shopping List
Please note: No glass containers, bulk-size items or expired food.

COVID-19 UPDATE: 

We are still accepting donations - by appointment only - as long as our main office (1230 Cravens Avenue, Torrance) remains open. We will continue to post updates here and on our social media channels as the situation evolves. 

For now, if you would like to donate food, please follow these temporary procedures to ensure your safety and the safety of our staff

  • If you are healthy and in a low-risk age group, please email programs@volcenter.org to make a drop-off appointment. (Please allow 24-48 hours for a response and note that we are not open on weekends.)
  • At your designated drop-off time, you can drive up to the ramp adjacent to our parking lot, and our staff will work with you to help you remain six feet away as you unload your donation.
  • We would also truly appreciate financial donations to help us continue this program and serve local families in need during this challenging time. Click here to donate.

Support us using our Amazon.com Wish List
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We've made it easy for you to support Food For Kids through our new Amazon.com Wish List! Skim the list here and consider adding something to your cart. These items will be sent directly to the Volunteer Center, and if you use AmazonSmile during check out, we will also benefit from the total purchase.


 Support a Food Drive

There is a food drive for every type of organization. For a range of fun and productive ideas, read our Food Drive Tips and Tricks


You are welcome to come meet with us and see the food pantry first-hand or we can speak to your group. For more information and other ways you can help, contact us at programs@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009.


What you do makes a difference to real children, and it is deeply appreciated by the children and their families.
 

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