Welcome to World Harvest's site, where you can find all pertinent information about our food bank, assistance programs, and how we can help provide you with food if you are going through a difficult economic situation. If you have any questions, contact us or visit us. We are here to help.
World Harvest Food Bank is an advocate for hardworking families struggling to make ends meet in the greater Los Angeles area. By lobbying suport from city and state officials, World Harvest helps sustain many programs that provide vital assistance to the needy. We give a percentage of our fundraising revenues to support other notable charities and innovative assistance organizations such as, those involved in developing marketable skills for the people in need, and those that give back dignity and hope to the needy.
Facts About Hunger and Need in California
Knowledge and understanding are powerful tools in the battle to end hunger. At World Harvest, we have resources to help adults and children better understand the causes of hunger and the challenges to food security. Los Angeles has a poverty rate of 15%, and poverty rates are particulary high among children.
New data from the Census Bureau show that the recession is taking a significant toll on many Californians. One of the most startling findings is that poverty has jumped substantially. The poverty rate for all Californians rose from 12.7 percent in 2007 to 14.6 percent in 2008, leaving 5.3 million Californians living below the federal poverty line ($21,834 for a family of four with two children in 2008). The share of California children living in poverty also skyrocketed in 2008, rising above 20 percent for the first time since 1999. The new data also show that the share of Californians under the age of 65 with job-based health coverage slipped to 56.2 percent in 2008, continuing a multiyear downward trend.