Recognizing the value of empathy and service to others, the Volunteer Center has been "at the heart of helping" for more than 50 years.
The heart of our mission lies in knowing the most urgent, local needs. We discover these needs by listening to the members of our community. When we discover a critical need is going unmet, we lead the response by assembling a team of caring, talented volunteers to create signature programs, such as Operation Teddy Bear or Food For Kids, offering members of our community the opportunity to contribute to the solution.
Focus Area: Family Services; Youth Development
While low-income students receive school-provided meals for breakfast and lunch during the week, many of their families are unable to feed them adequately on the weekends. The students then arrive at school on Monday without the proper nourishment, which can negatively affect their school performance and self-esteem.
That’s where Food For Kids comes in… we provide bags of non-perishable food and health-related inserts to low-income students at partner schools and organizations in the South Bay and Harbor areas each week through our volunteer and donation-driven food pantry. Volunteers assemble and deliver bags of food filled with items to make 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners to our partners prior to the weekend. The school and nonprofit staff identifies the families with the greatest need each week, and the students take the bags home to share with their families over the weekend.
Types of Donations Accepted:
- Breakfast Items: Cereal, Oatmeal, Granola Bars
- Shelf-Stable Fruit: Canned Fruit, Raisins, Apple Sauce, Fruit Cups
- Meal Components: Canned Vegetables, Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Macaroni & Cheese, Pasta (dry or canned), Pasta Sauce, Rice (1 or 2 lb. bags), Soup
Please note: No glass jars, bulk-size items or expired food.
We are accepting food donations – by appointment only – as long as our main office in Torrance remains open. Visit for https://www.volcenter.org/food-for-kids#howyoucanhelp complete details about our temporary food donation procedures and download a copy of our Shelf-Stable Shopping List.