According to officials with the Volunteer Center of the South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, a number of children go hungry over the weekend, when school lunches are not available.
To amend this growing concern, the center four years ago kicked off its Food For Kids program, intended to collect and give groceries to students and their families that might not otherwise get the proper nutrition – or any food – over the weekends.
The children that benefit live in Belmont Shore, Long Beach and Compton, among other communities.
The program this month has started will to feed 115 families each weekend, an increase from 85 families this past year.
That being said, the Volunteer Center is looking for food donations and companies or organizations to host food drives for non-perishable food items on the behalf of the Volunteer Center.
Please contact program coordinator Alexandra Weiss at 310-212-5009 for more information on the program, list of food items requested, and how to sign up to host a food drive.
Among the items most needed are:
- Spaghetti & Meatballs
- Canned Corn
- Green beans
- Sliced peaches
- Peanut butter
- Baked beans
- Black beans
- Pinto beans, either dried or canned
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Chunk light tuna in water
- Macaroni & Beef
- Beef Stew
- Sweet peas
- Nonfat dry milk
- Dried fruit
- Small cartons of packaged fruit juice