Orange County is known for wealth and abundance, yet too many people are at risk of hunger. Here are a few stories of our neighbors in need and how we are helping them.
It’s National Nutrition MonthMarch is National Nutrition Month, an annual awareness campaign that encourages us to learn about nutrition, develop healthy eating habits and discover the fun of being physically active. At Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, we strive to provide everyone in Orange County with the nutrition they need to grow and excel in life. Read More
We’re Completing the Cold ChainLast spring, here at Second Harvest we completely revamped our focus to proactively purchase fresh nutrition for those in need, ensuring a steady pipeline of protein, dairy, eggs, fruits and vegetables to our approximately 300 partner and program sites. All that fresh fare requires the right refrigeration, and we’ve created a cold chain ensuring peak freshness along the journey into the hands of those in need. Read More
“It’s Like Including Family in Our Charitable Giving.”What keeps long-time volunteer Jill Wilson connected with Second Harvest? She knows her contributions matter and she feels a deep sense of commitment to helping ensure all are well fed for years to come. Read More
Senior Hunger in Orange CountyRosa is 70 years old and lives on a fixed income. Medical bills and the high cost of living in Orange County make it difficult for her to afford enough food. Adding to her challenges, once the pandemic hit Rosa was no longer able to go out to the pantries that offer food assistance. Watch Video
The Face of the Newly VulnerableBefore the pandemic, most would think Stephen’s life was a good one. Comfortable even. Stephen and his wife were both working and the challenges of day-to-day life with two jobs and two daughters (2 years old and 5 years old) were easy enough to manage. Then COVID-19 arrived. Watch Video
ENDING POVERTY BY
FIRST ENDING HUNGER
As a connected community of 3.2 million people, we must open our eyes to the reality that hunger lives in the shadows of every city in Orange County. But because even the three largest anti-hunger/anti-poverty organizations can only do so much, we formed the Orange County Hunger Alliance that now leverages a unified approach to making a lasting impact.
Our unique alliance will tackle harmful systemic issues by increasing food distribution efficiencies, minimizing food waste and breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty. When we succeed in these efforts, Orange County will emerge stronger than ever before, ensuring a promising future for everyone in our county.
IN THE NEWS
Here’s where you’ll find links to impactful stories about our work feeding those in need in OC.
- Farm fresh meals at Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine. (FOX 11) Second Harvest Food Bank welcomes Bob DeCastro and Good Day LA for National Nutrition Month.
- Press release: Second Harvest Promotes Keller to CEO, eff. Jan. 1. (SHFB) Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County today announced the promotion of Claudia Bonilla Keller to chief executive officer
- Irvine farm reaps 40,000 pounds of cabbage for those in need. (OC Register) This week the Harvest Solutions Farm in Irvine has been reaping about 40,000 pounds of cabbage that is headed to those in need.
- Food for thought: CSUF food pantry keeps students nourished. (OC Register) Students should never have to make a choice between buying a textbook or buying a meal
- September is Hunger Action Month Part 2: Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County. (KTLA) Gayle Anderson continues a series of September reports spotlighting the work of Feeding America and its local Southern California affiliates.