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Hospitals donate cafeteria food to fight hunger in Southern California


The list is growing of local hospital providers who are donating surplus cafeteria food to groups working to feed the hungry.

Seven Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Orange and Los Angeles counties - the Anaheim, Irvine, Downey, Los Angeles, South Bay, Panorama City and Woodland Hills facilities - are now giving unserved meals to Food Finders. The Lakewood nonprofit then distributes the meals to local agencies that feed seniors and families in need.

A number of Orange County hospitals, including Kaiser, St. Joseph Hospital, St. Jude Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Orange County, donate food to the Waste Not OC Coalition, a public/private partnership that also distributes to local pantries.

“The food prepared in a hospital cafeteria is very nutritional, high quality, and healthy. It’s great to know that the surplus food we won’t use can go to provide healthy, nutritious meals to those in need,” John Yamamoto, a vice president for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, said in a news release.

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