Feeding Families

Our mission is to help end hunger by providing nutritious vegan groceries to those who are struggling to make ends meet. Founded in 2011, we are a proud partner of a network of pantries, neighborhood centers, food banks, and faith-based groups, committed to ending food insecurity in the communities we serve.

Sam Simon


Sam Simon was a giant in the entertainment industry. Throughout his career, he wrote, produced, and directed shows including Taxi, Cheers, The Tracey Ullman Show, and The Drew Carey Show. He is perhaps most famous for his work on The Simpsons, which he also co-created. He earned nearly a dozen Emmys and a Peabody award for his work.

Sam was also a fierce and passionate advocate for animal rights, and dedicated immense time, resources, and energy into ensuring the equitable treatment and care of animals around the world. Sam founded the started Sam Simon Charitable Foundation in mid-2003 with an Assistance Dogs Program and Mobile Veterinary Clinic. He chose to oversee and fund his foundation himself. Today, Sam Simon Charitable Foundation continues to be 100% funded by his estate.

Sam lost his battle with cancer on March 8, 2015. We are fortunate to carry on his legacy through his philanthropic endeavors, which bear his name. He is remembered fondly by his foundation staff for his great love of dogs and people, generosity, and tireless championing for animal welfare causes.

Dana Wilkie

Executive Director

Passionate about social justice issues, Dana has spent her entire career in the non-profit sector, including more than 20 years of senior leadership experience. Most recently, she ran the state’s sixth biggest food bank and conducted the most extensive disaster relief effort in California history, which received international attention. A California native, Dana earned her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and spent several years in the Midwest as she earned a Master’s degree from The Ohio State University.