The Issue: Food Insecurity in Orange County
More than 369,000 Orange County residents—including 156,000 children—face food insecurity, according to data from Feeding America, meaning they involuntarily miss meals on a regular basis. When someone misses a meal, it can be hard for that person to do anything productive, including homework or a late-night job. Not only can their health suffer, then, but children’s academic success and adults’ careers can flounder because they’re too hungry to achieve their full potential.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Hungry Individuals
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to feed hungry individuals and families across the region. For every $10 raised, the organization can distribute 30 meals packed with meat, produce, and dairy products. In the 2015 fiscal year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County will provide more than 17 million meals to local people facing food insecurity, and will offer its School Pantry program at 10 schools to impact more than 2,000 families each month.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Every month, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County delivers food to more than 200,000 people at area shelters, schools, and pantries. Leslie, for instance, was a single mom facing eviction, George and Mary were parents of four living in homelessness, and Tonya was a mother forced to take her children and flee an abusive home. These people have many stories, but all were able to feed their families thanks to emergency meals from Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
The food bank delivers food to these and other people through a network of 340 partner agencies, including shelters and schools, using programs such as Kids Cafe, which provides after school snacks, summer meals, and nutrition education to children. That food comes not only from donations and community food drives, but also from a Grocery Rescue program, which salvages produce and other perishables from the supermarket industry. Last year, the organization distributed more than 20 million pounds of food in total—roughly one third of which was fresh produce.