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Orange County Food Bank In Need Of Donations As Need For Food Doubles Pre-Pandemic Numbers
GARDEN GROVE (CBSLA) — Food banks are looking for more donations to feed families during the holidays this year as the need for food is twice what it was before the pandemic.
A freezer at the Orange County Food Bank should be stacked with chicken, lunchmeats and cheese but because of a lack of availability, it was empty Monday afternoon.READ MORE: Kempe's Two Goals Help Put Kings Over Oilers, 5-1
A freezer sits empty at the Orange County Food Bank as the need for donations grows. (credit: CBSLA)
Each month, nearly half a million people receive food from the non-profit. like this Stanton woman putting boxes into her car.
“I just simply have too many complaints about the food prices lately. It’s just simply too much,” said Stanton resident Sam Khou.
With inflation at a 30-year-high on top of the pandemic, the food bank is handing out twice the amount of food it did pre-pandemic and is having to cope with supply chain issues.READ MORE: Woman Found Shot To Death In South LA, Shooting Suspect Still At-Large
“This is a huge hit to already struggling Orange County families who are now being hit with this, and just making everything more expensive along with the challenge of even getting supplies, and making it harder for families to make decisions on what they can afford to buy and what they can’t,” said Gregory Scott, President and CEO of Community Action Partnership.
Because of supply chain issues, there isn’t much surplus within the food industry, which usually donates.
That, coupled with the fact that there aren’t as many holiday parties where companies would host food drives, has made the food bank have to purchase more food than usual.
For many, extra assistance that was being offered during the pandemic has ended. Those people now rely on the food bank when they are in need.MORE NEWS: Man Found Dead In Dumpster In South Los Angeles
For more information, visit www.capoc.org.
About PORCH Hillsborough
PORCH Hillsborough is an all-volunteer hunger-relief organization founded in 2011 to fight hunger in northern Orange County. Beginning with food drives in just 3 neighborhoods, our first Food for Pantries donation to the Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) food pantry weighed 240 pounds. Since then we have grown to over 30 neighborhoods and added the Meadowlands Business Community. PORCH Hillsborough now donates almost 4,000 pounds of non-perishables monthly!
In 2016, PORCH Hillsborough started the Food for Schools program, providing nutritious snacks to each of the 13 Orange County Public Schools and the local Head Start Program for children in need. In 2018, we launched the Food for Families program to deliver boxes of fresh produce every month to families identified by school social workers for being at risk of hunger. In 2020, as the Covid pandemic emerged, PORCH Hillsborough expanded our operations to include food distributions in partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. These distributions have served hundreds of Orange County families in need of food during this crisis.
Nancy Grebenkemper PORCH Hillsborough Founder
Local CARES Act Funding Helps Feed Orange County Families
16 November, 2020Community & Services
Food insecurity in Central Florida is estimated to be at a historic high due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly one in five residents having trouble accessing healthy and nourishing food.
Orange County Government has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, and is providing more than $6 million of federal CARES Act Relief funding to ensure more food resources are distributed to its community feeding partner programs.
“Nothing comes close to the demand that exists right now with COVID-19 relief,” said Dave Krepcho, President and CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. “Funding from Orange County has enabled our nonprofit to meet the greater demand in our community during this time. If it had not been for the access to CARES Act funding, we would have missed the opportunity to provide three to five million meals for Orange County residents alone.”
There are 235 partner programs across the County, which include local food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes.
To find a feeding partner program near you, visit Second Harvest’s online Food Locator.
For more information on Orange County Government allocating local CARES Act funds, visit ocfl.net/OrangeCares.
On Thursday, November 18, Second Harvest Food Bank del condado de Orange celebrated its first harvest of cabbage. Located in Irvine near the food bank’s offices and distribution center, the 45-acre “Harvest Solutions Farm” is a collaboration with Solutions for Urban Agriculture and the University of California South Coast Research and Extension Center. Solutions for Urban Agriculture is led by former Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, A.G. Kawamura.
Approximately 26,000 baby cabbage transplants were first planted in September.
Cabbage is an optimal vegetable crop for farming in Orange County as it can be grown year-round. It is packed with nutrition and can be used in many recipes (soup, kimchi, coleslaw, sauerkraut, tacos, and more) across various cultures, making it an ideal staple in households.
Growing food locally drastically cuts time to the dinner plate and delivers more health benefits because the produce is fresher when it reaches the community. The Farm also allows Second Harvest to mitigate challenges like pandemic-induced inflated food prices and supply chain disruptions, as well as limited harvests elsewhere.
Because it’s so close, the farm reduces environmental impact by greatly reducing the number of miles trucks drive to deliver ultra-fresh produce to Second Harvest’s distribution center. It also hearkens to Orange County’s agricultural roots!
Last year, to stay ahead of COVID-19’s impact on families, Second Harvest strengthened operations and paved the way for a new focus on pursuing planned nutrition based on consistent access to fresh protein, produce, and dairy.
Sara Bazant, Director of Marketing & Communications
“This produce is the beginning of a new era in food banking here in OC,” says Claudia Keller, Chief Mission Officer at Second Harvest. Today, the food bank’s work is centered on the connection between nutrition and poverty. With consistent access to nutrient-dense food, Orange County children and families are better positioned for success in school and at work.
Claudia Keller, Chief Mission Officer
Second Harvest is expecting a yield of 40,000 pounds of cabbage — each week! Once all 45 acres are fully planted, they are anticipated to yield up to 160,000 lbs. of produce per month. Now that harvesting has begun, Second Harvest is planning to recruit 150-200 volunteers weekly to assist with the Harvest Solutions Farm. The second planting in May 2022 will include zucchini, cucumber, and yellow squash. In the warmer months, Second Harvest will be growing corn and mini bell peppers.
Last fiscal year, Second Harvest distributed almost 60 million pounds of food through its network of partners — including houses of worship, schools, after-school programs, senior centers, shelters for the unhoused, soup kitchens, and transitional housing facilities — to those in need at hundreds of locations throughout Orange County: an average of 489,000 people per month.
We at CAFB are so excited to see this resourceful, community-driven solution in action, and it is an honor to have Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County as one of our members! You can find Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County on Facebook, Gorjeo, LinkedIn, Instagramy YouTube.
All information, photos, and quotes courtesy Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
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The Orange County Food Bank distributes 15 million pounds of food annually. In addition to the 23,000 people that the Food Bank serves directly each month, it provides food and personal care items to over 300 non-profit service organizations, such as social service agencies, churches, shelters, soup kitchens and senior centers. These organizations serve the homeless, disabled persons, seniors on fixed incomes, the unemployed and the working poor.Visit the "OC Food Bank" website
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