About Us

FOOD Share founder Jewel Pedi and current President & CEO Monica White at the 2017 Blue Jean Ball.
Join us at the table, and make sure nobody goes hungry.

More than 40 years ago, eight citizens performed a good deed by distributing food to those who were in need underneath a Ventura bridge. The early philanthropic movement quickly formed into what is now Ventura County’s regional food bank, FOOD Share, which has grown from serving a few hundred hungry people per month to 75,000 people.

Today, staff and volunteers distribute more than 12 million pounds of food annually from its distribution site; more than 190 partner agencies, which include neighborhood and church food distributions and soup kitchens; as well as hunger assistance programs.

A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, FOOD Share is a member of the Feeding America network, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.

Who We Serve

In 2009, in partnership with over 150 agencies and through multiple programs that target children, families, and seniors, FOOD Share provided food for 54,700 hungry neighbors monthly – a 37% increase over clients served in 2008.

As of December 2016, we are serving 74,500 hungry friends each month, with our 190 agency partners and programs.

Mission Statement

FOOD Share is a 501(c)3 not for profit dedicated to feeding, nourishing and educating the hungry of Ventura County, educating the community on those who are hungry and why, and advocating a reduction of the root causes of hunger.

How FOOD Share Works

FOOD Share distributes millions of pounds of healthy food every year both through our own programs such as FOOD Share and Friends Mobile Pantry, Senior Kit (CSFP) and Kids’ Farmers’ Market, as well as through distribution via our partner agencies.

Food Drives
Ag Partners


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