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Food Sharing and Redistribution

It’s estimated that 50% of food in America ends up being wasted. These groups make sure local, healthy food is saved and redistributed to reduce hunger and food insecurity.

Food Finders

Food rescue program dedicated to feeding people in need, working with local schools and organizations. To volunteer or donate visit foodfinders.org

Harvest Partners LB

Produce rescue program that provides fruit to local shelters and pantries.
To volunteer, contact, or donate visit: ourcityheart.org

Food Forward

Their “Glean Team” collects boxes of fresh produce from local farmers markets to donate to direct-service agencies. More info at FoodForward.org

Feeding Long Beach

Program that connects people in need with resources for food and daily hygiene essentials.
Contact on ourcityheart.org

Our Local Harvest

Free mobile app that connects residents to help them swap and share produce.
AboutAndroid App | iPhone App

Ask Your Neighbor

Non-profit that encourages community members to help those in need by donating excess produce on property. Contact: aynproject.org

North LB Crop Swappers

This group meets monthly on the first Saturday at 6509 Gundry Ave to swap excess produce from home and community gardens. The swaps are sponsored by Kaiser Heal Zone. More locations coming soon! Visit their Facebook group.

Long Beach Giving Project

Justin Rudd’s CAT organization raises money, then gives it to “givers” to purchase goods that are then gifted to those in need. See their projects at facebook.com/GivingProject

Food Banks and Pantries

Many food banks and pantries in Long Beach regularly accept food donations, and many of the organizations above work directly with them. Some of the most well known services are at St Luke’s, Beacon for Him Ministries, The Long Beach Rescue Mission, and First Congregational Church.