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


How You Can Help | Pantry Partners | Thank You Notes | Real-life Narratives and News Stories | Food For Kids Volunteers-in-Action

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 donation-driven food pantry provides bags of non-perishable food and nutrition handouts* to select elementary schools in Carson, Compton, Long Beach, San Pedro, Torrance and Wilmington every week. Volunteers assemble and deliver bags of food filled with items to make 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners to the local 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.

*One of five bilingual nutrition handouts provided by Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and the USDA on topics related to healthy eating habits and choices.


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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 and no expired food please!

Donations can be dropped off at our Main Office (1230 Cravens Ave, Torrance) Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. 

For Larger Donations: Please contact us at programs@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009 to schedule a drop-off time.

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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