Food banks: where to find one in Los Angeles

We mapped all the places we could find providing free food

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As the number of COVID-19 cases in California surpassed 3,000, just going to the supermarket has become an odyssey. But those who have lost a paycheck or a job as a result of the shutdown might need something else – a food bank. 


Federal assistance is still a few weeks out and April rent will be due in a few days. To meet the growing need, a number of public resources are popping up throughout the City of Los Angeles.


Here is a map of all of the available food banks within Los Angeles, according to the Office of the Controller. Though individual details may vary, many are for anyone in need.



For those who have resources and would like to donate, check out local food banks’ websites for tips on how to get involved.


In addition, several  school districts in Los Angeles County are offering “grab-and-go” meals for students. The Los Angeles Unified School District, where 81% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, published a map showing locations that families can go to receive two free meals per student.



Beyond LAUSD, school districts such as Arcadia Unified School District and Pasadena Unified are also listing resources. In some cases, eligible youth, such as unenrolled siblings of students, might also qualify.


How we did it: We examined publicly available LA resource data.  Learn more about our data here.


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