World Harvest Food Bank Volunteers distributing donations
When Glen Curado, CEO and Founder of World Harvest Food Bank in Downtown Los Angeles found out that his rent was about to double, the South LA BusinessSource Center helped the organization find an affordable new location three times the size of its current warehouse, providing additional space to store food donations and feed even more families.

“We’re going to be able to bring more food, products and resources to help families,” Glen said. “It’s going to be so much better.”

Currently located in a 7,500 square-foot facility at 3200 South Grand Avenue, the food bank is relocating to a 27,000 square-foot facility at 3100 Venice Boulevard.

Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office referred the food bank to the South LA BusinessSource Center, where staff worked closely with Glen to find the new space. Glen credits Business Development Loan Officer Terry Gubatan as instrumental in helping the organization find its new location. Terry works for EWDD partner Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation (VSEDC), which runs the South LA BusinessSource Center.

World Harvest Food Bank CEO and Founder Glen Curado
World Harvest Food Bank CEO and Founder Glen Curado
“Within less than a week, boom, there it was, a phenomenal building,” Glen said.

Centrally located at the busy intersection of Venice Boulevard and Arlington Avenue, the building is gated and offers ample parking, which will be a draw for more families to visit.

“My goal is to make sure that every single family here in LA goes to bed with a meal in their stomach,” Glen said.

The World Harvest Food Bank will open its doors at the new location on September 18, 2017.

Learn more about the variety of services EWDD offers through their BusinessSource Centers and WorkSource Centers

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES Newsletter from the week of 9/04/2017. Read this issue and more.