Project Category: Food Pantry
Number of Participants: 10-200
Duration of Project: 2 hours
Service Opportunities: Donate food, time or funds
Location: 11870 Monarch St. Garden Grove, CA 92841 MAP LINK
Our aim is to make a positive impact in people’s lives by helping them meet basic needs and strengthen their support system. The OC Food Bank works with nearly 400 local charities, soup kitchens, and community organizations to end hunger and malnutrition. The OC Food Bank provides donated food, USDA commodities, and purchased food to non-profit agencies in Orange County that serve low-income families and individuals. Annually, the OC Food Bank is able to distribute more than 20 million pounds of food.
The Orange County Food Bank warehouse is 58,000 square feet, with commercial refrigerators and freezers capable of handling 20 truckloads of perishable food. At the warehouse, volunteers receive and package about 26,000 boxes of food each month, for distribution to 50 sites across the county.
Impact: It is currently estimated that 10.9% of Orange County residents, or more than 335,000 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.
Volunteer Responsibilities: Our volunteers sort donated food and check everything for quality and safety. They also help plant and harvest produce in the Incredible Edible Park.
Attire: casual, comfortable clothing
F&B Provided for Volunteers: Yes
Option to Move Project to a Different Location: No