SFC has longstanding partnerships with many food suppliers from large stores including Target, and Lucky’s, to regional food banks that donate in-kind food. This year, we started rescuing food from Costco, Trader Joe’s and several USC fraternities.
Last fiscal year, SFC rescued almost $2.6 million of food.
This year, SFC has established new partnerships with WARE Disposal, Athens Services and Republic to help rescue even more food from grocery stores, restaurants, food distributors and more across Los Angeles County that would have otherwise been discarded. This surplus food not only helps us feed more of our homeless and extremely low-income guests in need, but also has an impact on our environment. Diverting waste from landfills reduces methane emissions significantly providing a better quality of life for us all.
SFC Goes Green!
As of February 2018, SFC stopped using plastic and styrofoam products for our daily served meal programs and became the first homeless service provider, to our knowledge, to begin using plant-based compostable tableware, utensils and cups provided at a discounted rate by our partner Vegware. We also will begin composting our excess food in the near future and will implement community-based outreach programs to educate our community and guests on the importance of composting, recycling and minimizing food waste.
St. Francis Center has been providing programs and services for homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles for over 45 years. Our daily meal and pantry programs are made possible thanks to numerous in –kind food donations from local community partners.
Join our growing list of local business partners who have committed to reducing food waste and feeding those in need. Contact the development department at 213.747.5347 x.100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.