L.A. Bites Hunger

Food Lovers Fighting Hunger In L.A.

#SharedPlatesLA > SUCCESS!

L.A. Kitchen’s first annual “Shared Plates” event was a wonderful success! With 550 guests and hosts, we raised $40,000 for L.A. Kitchen. EVERY dollar of that was matched for a total of $80,000. It’s not too late to help us reach our $100,000 goal. Donate here

I’ll be posting more photos from our Shared Plates dinner soon, but you can read more about the magical evening here.

Cheers! Jo Stougaard (Founder, L.A. Bites Hunger)

Taste of the NFL

We are thrilled the The Rams are back in L.A. There’s an amazing event in October that combines great food, the Rams, AND raises much-needed funds for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

What: Taste Of The NFL Dinner with the L.A. Rams! Rams General Manager Les Snead and his wife Kara Henderson will be co-chairing the host committee, and Rams players will be in attendance to sign autographs and mingle with attendees. The evening will include a live and silent auction, signature appetizers from local chefs, specialty cocktails and live entertainment.

When: Saturday, October 5, 2016 (6-9pm)

Where: Globe Theater, Universal Studios Hollywood

Why: To support the L.A.Food Bank. Did you know that one in seven people in L.A. County experiences food insecurity? The L.A. Food Bank mobilizes resources to fight hunger and provides food to 320,000 people every month. Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1 billion pounds of food and in 2015 they distributed 52 million meals. Learn more about L.A. Food Bank here.

Check out the amazing lineup of L.A. Chefs cooking for the event: 
Josiah Citrin, Melisse
Tony EsnaultSpringChurch & State
Ray GarciaBroken SpanishB.S. Taqueria
Neal Fraser, Redbird
Duff GoldmanCharm City Cakes
Bruce KalmanUnion
Jessica LargeySimone
Mary Sue Milliken & Susan FenigerBorder Grill
Steve SamsonSotto
Travis StricklandBaltaire
Benjamin UdaveSysco

L.A. Food Bank “Taste Of The NFL” Event Page.

PURCHASE TICKETS (or become a sponsor).

Our photos of the L.A. Food Bank.

We’ve already bought our tickets (we are HUGE fans of both the L.A. Food Bank and The Rams), so hopefully we’ll see you there! #FeedLA #GoRams!

L.A. Bites Hunger founder Jo Stougaard (center) with the Rams Cheerleaders.


L.A. Kitchen Shared Plates Event

Learn more about #SharedPlates here!

Learn About The L.A. Kitchen

L.A. Bites Hunger founder Jo Stougaard wrote this article for the L.A. Times.

The L.A. Kitchen is a nonprofit facility located in L.A.’s Eastside that recovers fresh fruit and vegetables to be used in a culinary arts job-training program for former inmates and young adults leaving the foster care system. They also create healthy meals for low-income seniors. In case you missed the print edition on Saturday, the online link is here.

L.A. Bites Hunger will be organizing volunteer days at the L.A. Kitchen. Please comment with your email if you’d like more information.

$1 Provides 4 Meals

Did you know that 1 in 6 experiences hunger?

Please support our friends at the L.A. Foodbank.


Happy Holidays!

#FeedSoCal 2015 > Volunteers Needed

#FeedSoCalPlease help spread the word for our friends at the L.A. Food Bank!

ABC7 and Southern California food banks have partnered up for the 4th Annual Feed SoCal hunger initiative throughout Southern California. The initiative takes place during the month of June and will include the following food banks: Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County, Second Harvest Food Bank Inland Empire and FOOD Share Ventura County.

Volunteers are needed to collect donations from Albertsons customers and “Stuff-A-Food Bank- Truck”. The Food Drive is located at the Albertsons in Gardena. The address is 1735 W. Artesia Blvd. Gardena, CA 90247.

The event is on air with ABC7’s Alysha Del Valle (L.A.’s Local ABC News). Volunteers are needed for the following shifts on Friday, June 19, 2015:

7:00 am to 10:00 am
9:00 am to 11:00 am
10:30 am to 1:30 pm
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

#FeedSoCalNote: This is a family friendly event!

During tfficult economic times, one out of every six people in Southern California experiences food insecurity. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank serves one million people in Los Angeles County each year, but another 700,000 people need help. Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County helps feed more than 240,000 individuals each month, while the food bank in the Inland Empire serves more than 350,000 people each month. FOOD Share Ventura County is the only regional food bank in the country that provides food year-round to more than 74,500 children, adults, seniors and families each month.

If you are interested in volunteering please email
amartinez@lafoodbank.org ebeltran@lafoodbank.org or jmcilvain@lafoodbank.org or call 323.234.3030 ext.190 or ext. 156

If you can’t volunteer, please help spread awareness by following @LAfoodBank on twitter and liking them on facebook here.

About the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank


@LAbitesHunger on twitter

L.A. Bites Hunger on facebook

$1 = 4 Meals

Did you know that 1 in 6 experiences hunger?

Please support our friends at the L.A. Foodbank.


Happy Holidays!

#GivingTuesday is December 2nd

Help us support the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

Every $1 donated equals 4 meals. Donate to @LAFoodBank to help feed 100,000 people on #GivingTuesday (12/2/14).

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Click here to donate.

Celebrate 50 Years of Food Stamps

#snap4SNAP (via Center For Hunger Free Communities)

Fifty years ago America found it utterly appalling that hunger existed in our country – so horrific that people came together and legislators reached across the aisle to do something about it. To mark this important anniversary, on October 30th community members, advocates, and organizations will take to social media to talk about the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps). 

Join in the conversation by tweeting and posting pictures and statements of what SNAP means to you with the hashtag #snap4SNAP.

The #snap4SNAP campaign aims to illuminate the real life experiences of SNAP recipients and give people a platform to talk about the program.  By using social media we can bring a dose of reality to conversation around SNAP.

Read more at the Center For Hunger Free Communities.

L.A. Food Bank’s Family Day w The WienerMobile!

Sharing The Joy
by Jo Stougaard

A day with the WienerMobile. How did THAT happen?

Last month I saw a photo of the WienerMobile on twitter and retweeted “on my BucketList“. In case you’re not familiar with the term, “bucket list” refers to something on a “list of things to do” in life. A few hours later I received an email from Kelsey (who works with Oscar Mayer) with “Ride in the WienerMobile” in the subject line.

WienerMobile at L.A. Food Bank for family dayAfter the initial shock and excitement (it really has been a dream since I was a kid!), I thought about upcoming events on my calendar. Perhaps a ride in the WienerMobile to a hot, new restaurant opening downtown? I was about to cover the L.A. Times Food Festival at Paramount Studios, so that was another option. If my nieces and nephews were still in grade school, I would’ve loved to surprise them with the giant hotdog on wheels. Better yet, how about a visit to the L.A. Regional Food Bank? THAT sounded perfect. L.A. Bites Hunger has been supporting the Food Bank via social media and special chef events, so it seemed a good fit. Both the Food Bank and Oscar Mayer thought so too.

The Food Bank had already scheduled a “Family Day” for September 27th, where volunteers as young as 5 years old could help sort and package food for local pantries. At 8am on the 27th, the giant, shiny WienerMobile pulled up and parked in front of the house. My husband Peter was probably more excited than I was and ran out before me. We met our “Hot Dogger” team, “Jess Cookin'” and “Spicy Salami Spencer”, who were so kind and kept us laughing with hot dog puns (put on your “meat belt”!) all day. The WienerMobile seats four guests, so we invited fellow L.A. Bites Hunger volunteers Susan and Chanel to ride with us. As we checked out the WienerMobile, neighbors stopped by to photograph and ask questions. It was amazing to see our normally subdued neighbors as giddy as we were.

Driving on the freeway was quite an adventure. People reacted the same as we passed them (fyi, the WienerMobile is fast!), total surprise, then pure joy as they tried to snap photos. When we exited the freeway downtown and neared the L.A. Food Bank, driver Spencer hit the horn for the first time. This is no regular car or truck horn mind you! When the button is pressed, the WienerMobile lets out the familiar first line of the classic song, “I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener”.

After we parked at the Food Bank, we all went in for volunteer orientation and then to the warehouse for assignments. L.A. Bites Hunger helped pack backpacks for children on this visit. Besides sorting food for 670 local food pantries and hunger agencies, the Food Bank Backpack program guarantees that kids in need, who get free lunch on school days, have food over the weekend too. Hot Doggers Jess and Spencer jumped right in to volunteer with us, and it made for a super fun and satisfying morning.

Next we all headed out to the WienerMobile, where Jess and Spencer invited the families and employees to check out the vehicle, sit inside and take photos. Each person was given a “wiener whistle” of course, which made everyone (kids and parents) even happier.

WienerMobile Parking SignHuge thanks to Hot Doggers Jess and Spencer, WienerMobile and Kelsey at Olson (who initially contacted me). It was just an absolute pleasure to the share the joy.

Many more photos HERE.

The L.A. Regional Food Bank

How to become a Hot Dogger