Imperial Valley Food Bank chosen to be honored at first-ever California Nonprofits Day celebration


Imperial Valley Food Bank

State leaders will honor “Nonprofits of the Year” at State Capitol event June 22

EL CENTRO — On Wednesday, June 22, Imperial Valley Food Bank will be honored as a Nonprofit of the Year at a celebration of California Nonprofits Day at the State Capitol in Sacramento.

Imperial Valley Food Bank been selected by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia as an exceptional nonprofit organization in his district community. Imperial Valley Food Bank will join other nonprofit leaders from across the state being honored at this inaugural California Nonprofits Day event.

The Imperial Valley Food Bank has served the community for 25 years. They work to gather, store, rescue and distribute millions of pounds of donated food to hungry people in Imperial County. By partnering with 100 other agencies, churches, shelters, schools and soup kitchens and by operating Mobile Food Pantries to areas of the county without distributing organizations; they are able to get food to the hungry in every corner of Imperial County.

In a statement concerning the award, Kris Becker, President of the Board of Directors said, “It is such an honor for the Imperial Valley Food Bank to be acknowledged as the inaugural Nonprofit of the Year in the 56th district community. Our dedicated staff bring so much benefit to our community, providing healthy, nourishing food to over 20,000 residents of the Imperial County each month. To have that good work recognized in this fashion is incredibly humbling. But it is also an affirmation that we, as a nonprofit dedicated to serving our community, need to keep doing what we do in order to continue helping those struggling with food insecurity every day.”

The award recipients will visit the Assembly Floor and then will be honored at a luncheon at Sacramento’s Sheraton Grand Hotel.

“Nonprofit organizations are vitally important to the economy and well-being of California. But too often nonprofits are ‘hidden in plain sight.’ We are thrilled that the State Assembly has passed a resolution putting the spotlight on nonprofits as an economic power that uses that power for the common good. We congratulate all of the award recipients on being honored for the great work they do every day to make California a better place,” said Jan Masaoka, CEO of California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide alliance of over 10,000 organizations, representing and promoting California’s growing nonprofit sector and working to bring the full power of nonprofits to strengthening communities.