2016 california nonprofit of the year award

Imperial Valley Food Bank is proud to be a 2016 California Nonprofit of the Year! Thank you to our board, staff and the community for all the work you do to make us a success.


The Imperial Valley Food Pantry was established in 1991 when a college professor and his students began serving food from a garage. The need was so strong, a group of Imperial County residents formed a non-profit corporation in 1992.

 Founding Board Members of the Imperial Valley Food Pantry included:

Richard Ryan

Carl Bell

Ricardo Ortega

Connie Caldwell

Shirley Augusta




Occuping several other facilites in the next few years, 1997 saw the building of a permanent facility on Imperial County land. The building was constructed with USDA Rural and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. At this time, the Food Bank became the USDA Emergancy Food Assistance Program contractor for Imperial County and began doing business as (DBA) Imperial County Food Bank (IVFB). Just months after the building was completed, the Food Bank had already begun to run out of room upon adopting the USDA program. Soon, plans for a second warehouse began and were completed in 1999 with funding from the same source as the previous building.

The food bank saw rapid growth in demand following the economic recession in 2007. The record number of struggling Imperial County residents caused IVFB to double the number of people it served in 2008. Today, IVFB continues to serve the Imperial Valley community out of the two warehouses, operating with 11 employees, numerous volunteers, and support from people like you, we continue to serve 20,000 individuals monthly.