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Here's where we will tell you about food banks in the Southern California area and how you can use them and how you can help them.


Update July 20, 2016  Community Distribution Center in North Hollywood offers a very large quantity of fresh and packaged food that will fill at least one large supermarket shopping cart. You get all of it for a $30 donation, or a donation of 5 hours of volunteer time. The Community Distribution Center gets its food from supermarket companies and food companies and when they have extra donations the quantities included with the $30 donation are even larger. You get a wide variety of food that includes dry goods such as crackers and cereals and there are even snack foods. Also included is a selection of canned goods and milk, yogurt, eggs, cheese, deli meats and even a package of prepared sandwiches is included. Unlike other food banks, there is always at least ten pounds of beef, pork and chicken included. No questions are asked, ever.

The Community Distribution Center is open Monday through Saturday from 8am till 5pm. Our Best Buys TV Show report is below. You might want to call them for directions since the building is not clearly marked. It's on Saticoy Street east of Laurel Canyon in Sun Valley.

Community Distribution Center
11350 Saticoy Street, east of Laurel Canyon
North Hollywood (Sun Valley) 91352


Update March 12, 2014  I was very impressed by the World Harvest Food Bank in downtown Los Angeles.  They don't ask any questions.  They don't want to know your income level, or if you are a citizen, or how long you've been out of work or even if you have a job but are having trouble with your bills.  They are there to provide wholesome food and all they ask is that you give them a $30 (thirty dollars) donation -- or if you can't afford that then just donate four hours of your time.  And what you get for your donation of $30 or four hours is a large shopping cart filled wih fresh foods including fruits and vegetables and staples, plus you get another large box of fresh produce and staples such as cereals, tea, rice, soft drink plus you get another large box with as much fresh fruit or fresh vegetables as you can eat.  Your shopping cart can also be filled with fresh meats, packaged foods, loaves of bread products with the famous brands, even bottled soft drinks and juices.

Most of the food is donated by major food wholesalers and major supermarket chains.  For example, while supermarkets are likely to be selling green and yellow bananas in their stores -- the yellow bananas are donated to the World Harvest Food Bank.

Sometimes the shoppers at the World Harvest Food Bank are driving a Mercedes or sometimes a beat up family car that has gone through three families.  It doesn't matter -- no questions are asked.

The World Harvest Food Bank is at 1014 West Venice Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles, and this is near Figueroa and the Los Angeles Convention Center.  Call them at (213) 746-2227 or go to for information.   You'll find a very clean and friendly place to shop and you'll be amazed at the amount of quality foods waiting to go home with you.  The World Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit.  Our original TV report is below.  Please note that they now ask for a donation of $30, and $25 was mentioned in the original report below.

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