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.


Programs

Programs

At the Imperial Valley Food Bank we serve over 20,000 people a month, representing 5,000 households or 12% of Imperial County residents. While the Imperial Valley Food Bank offers many food assistance programs, our primary function is to resource, store, and allocate food to partner agencies throughout Imperial Valley who directly serve residents in their local community.

Programs include:

CalFresh

Participation in the CalFresh program has the potential to end hunger in the Imperial Valley. CalFresh Specialists are available to answer questions and assist applicants in applying to the CalFresh program. For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact Thania Lopez, thania@ivfoodbank.org, 760-370-0966.

Nutrition Education

The Nutrition Education team works to educate the local community on the importance of physical exercise, eating habits, and healthy lifestyles. To learn more or to schedule a presentation contact Mireya Diaz, mireya@ivfoodbank.org, 760-370-0966.

Weekend Backpack Program

Serving the most vulnerable children, the Weekend Backpack Program is the solution to the problem of childhood hunger for those who are not getting food beyond school breakfast and lunches. By partnering with over 30 schools, IVFB gains access to serving over 600 students. By adopting-a-child into the Weekend Backpack Program, you ensure food security for a child for an entire school year. For additional information on the Weekend Backpack Program or to Adopt-A-Child contact Cecilia Regalado, cecilia@ivfoodbank.org, 760-370-0966.

Box of Basics

The IVFB Box of Basics program (BOB) allows individuals in the Imperial Valley to purchase a variety of food items made to last up to one week for $25. By utilizing bulk buying power, IVFB is able to provide food at discounted rates. BOB ordered must be placed by the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Acceptable forms of payment include; cash, credit, debit, EBT. Please contact Cecilia Regalado, cecilia@ivfoodbank.org, 760-370-0966, to place an order.

Mobile Food Pantry

In rural areas where agency capacity is limited the Mobile Food Pantry fills the gap by bringing food to the community, For information regarding distribution sites, dates, and times, contact Alba Sanchez, alba@ivfoodbank.org, 760-370-0966.

Fresh Rescue

IVFB has partnered with Walmart, Target, Food 4 Less, and Lucky to prevent retail food waste. IVFB trucks pick up donations daily in order to distribute foods to local soup kitchens and shelters. To learn more or schedule a pick up contact Robert Renn, robert@ivfoodbank.org, 760-370-0966.

USDA Commodities

IVFB is the USDA Commodities storehouse in Imperial County. Collaborating with over 100 churches, schools, shelters, and soup kitchens allows the Food Bank to distribute to each community in the county. To learn more about qualification requirements, contact Alba Sanchez, alba@ivfoodbank.org, 760-370-0966.

Agency Store

Partner agencies are provided the opportunity to purchase items from IVFB’s ‘Agency Store’. IVFB’s bulk buying power allows partner agencies to purchase items at minimal cost to stock their own cabinets or shelters.

School Gardens

Imperial Valley Food Bank has worked with local partners to create a pilot garden at Harding Elementary School. The program focuses on educating children on how healthy foods are grown and promotes healthy eating.