John Knapp, executive director of the Foodbank of Southern California in Long Beach, said supplies at local food distributors are meeting demand.
In the Long Beach area, Knapp's organization delivers 40 million pounds of food annually to about 785 agencies.
Food Finders in Signal Hill, which serves the greater Long Beach area, has also seen a leveling of supply and need.
"We've done really well this year," said Diana Lara, vice president of operations at Food Finders in Signal Hill.
"A couple of years ago the calls (for service) were nonstop," Lara said.
However, Knapp, who believes claims of dramatic drops of food supplies may be overblown, is quick to admit that food banks and the agencies they serve don't reach 60 percent of the people who are in need, and that the need for food is ever-present.
But, thanks to steady supplies from donors and government agencies, the foodbank is able to supply all of its agencies with food.
"We received 40 million pounds of food last year," Knapp said.
While Knapp said demand always outstrips supply, donations are coming in.
That's particularly true during the holidays when there is a glut of giving. But Knapp said there is year-round need that is often forgotten in the spring and summer months.
"I say don't just come when it feels good," Knapp said. "Children need to eat 365 days a year."
Knapp said his group adds three or four agencies to its services every quarter, has never had a waiting list and would never deny a legitimate agency.
The Foodbank of Southern California receives semitrailer loads of produce and fresh food daily, which Knapp says is turned around immediately and sent out.
"We get more produce than any other food bank," Knapp said.
The Foodbank estimates that 68 percent of its food goes to children, with seniors receiving 19 percent and adults 13 percent.
Food Finders also services charities in the Long Beach and Orange County area, albeit on a smaller scale.
The food rescue program collects food donated from hundreds of grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants and produce markets and distributes it regularly to about 200 agencies. The organization estimates it provides enough food for 39,000 meals a day.
Food Finders also partners with other organizations for special events. This year, in tandem with the Basket Brigade, Food Finders expects to pass out 2,000 complete turkey dinners for Thanksgiving alone.
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