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Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries

Mission: Second harvest food bank's mission is to end hunger in orange county. For more than 30 years we have served as the crucial link between food suppliers, other donors, and our member agencies who help us feed the more than 400,000 people who may not know where they will find enough food for their next meal.

Programs: Second harvest food bank has been feeding orange county's most vulnerable populations including children, seniors, families, veterans, the disabled, the homeless, and the mentally ill since 1983. In 2014 second harvest food bank distributed more than 20 million pounds of food, providing 200,000 people per month with high-quality, nutritious food to provide a hand up and a life-line to self-sufficiency. The food collected by second harvest is distributed by 300 non-profit partners including church pantries, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, after school, and senior programs. Our child hunger strategy seeks to end hunger for more than 156,000 at-risk children each month. After-school and summer meals and snacks, plus nutrition education are provided through a network of kids cafes. Our new school pantry program distributes thousands of pounds of fresh produce and other food items at neighborhood schools in under-served areas. Second harvests brown bag program is designed to combat hunger and malnutrition for low-income seniors by distributing groceries to more than 3,500 senior households. Our feeding hope box program provides emergency food for individuals and families experiencing financial emergencies such as job loss and unexpected medical or car repair expenses and provides food to tide them over rough patches. We also provide staple items and fresh produce directly to the needy in under-served areas throughout orange county with our mobile pantry and adopt-a-pantry deliveries. Second harvest food bank depends on its generous and dedicated volunteers whose work represents 45% of the labor performed at second harvest.

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