Members of the Yale community will be assisting with the sorting of the food collections by the USPS Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. This drive is the biggest single food collection event of the Food Bank’s year so there will be plenty to sort, and your participation is greatly appreciated.
The Westside Food Bank provides food to more than 70 social service agencies on the Westside, helping them address their food supply requirements. The agencies we serve cater to many constituencies including food pantries and hot meal programs operated by various religious and other community groups, residential facilities for single mothers, abused women and their children, temporary shelters for the homeless, and agencies serving veterans and senior citizens in need. One new constituency we have discovered is college students - there is a surprising need here. Our service area covers Westchester and the LAX Airport area, Inglewood, Culver City, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Westwood and east through Beverly Hills. Although not widely recognized, over 100,000 families at or below the poverty level reside in our service area. The WSFB supplies its member agencies with over 4.5 million lbs of food per year. A substantial portion of the food we distribute goes to children.
The “official” event will be held from 5-8 pm (food sorting will continue into the evening so participants may stay on if they wish). You may come and leave as your schedule dictates.
Children (age eight and above) are welcome.
Please wear sturdy, closed toe shoes and bring a sweater or jacket if the day is cool since our warehouse can be drafty. We would welcome a donation of a few cans of food if you are so inclined.