Food Bank Basics
When you donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, you take a powerful stand in the fight against hunger. We serve charity organizations, who in turn, feed more than 200,000 hungry people in Orange County every month. Here is how it works:
Food & Funds
More than 90 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to hunger-relief programs. The majority of our food is donated through restaurants, grocery stores, food manufacturers, growers and packers, our Incredible Edible Farm, Feeding America, the USDA, and corporate and individual food drives.
Our volunteers sort donated food and check everything for quality and safety. They also help plant and harvest produce in the Incredible Edible Park. Children and their parents package food at Izzy's Corner. We had more than 18,000 volunteers last year, and welcome individuals and groups.
The Food Distribution Center
After our food is checked for safety it is put into our inventory system and is available to our non-profit community partners. They can either come into our food distribution center or order food on-line. Organzations can either pick-up their products or have their order delivered directly to their location.
Partner Organizations & Programs
Through a network of 320 community partners distributing food at 440 locations, Second Harvest feeds more than 200,000 individuals each month. Our community partners are non-profit organizations such as shelters, churches, homes for battered and abused women and children and local pantries. As a vital link between the food industry and agencies that feed those at-risk of hunger, Second Harvest has distributed more than 350 million pounds of food, or 291 million meals, to the hungry in Orange County.
It is currently estimated that 11.4% of Orange County residents, or nearly 350,000 people, struggle with hunger in Orange County. Children and seniors make up 50% of those in need of food assistance. Families who once were able to contribute to their community are now finding themselves out of work and in need of a hand up to make ends meet. Others are making less than they used to and often have to choose between paying the rent and putting food on the table. Seniors and others on fixed incomes face tough choices too. All of these people can now turn to their local pantry for food assistance.