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About Us

 

Our Mission

To end hunger in Orange County.

Our Vision

We are a purpose-driven organization committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure all are well fed. Providing dignified, equitable and consistent access to nutritious foods creates a foundation for community health and is a catalyst for societal transformation.

Our Strategy

We provide reliable and dignified access to sufficient nutritious foods and are dedicated to creating a community where all can thrive. Last year the  Food Bank distributed more than 50 million pounds of food to our Pantry Network who provided the food to those in need in our community – the working poor, children, seniors on fixed incomes, single parents, veterans, those with disabilities or without homes, and individuals experiencing medical emergencies or job loss – at hundreds of locations throughout the county. The Food Bank and its network provide consistent access to nutritious foods and are dedicated to creating a community where all can thrive.

We propel change through strategic, innovative partnerships and collaborations with community organizations that are equally committed to alleviating poverty.

Our Values

COMPASSION • DIVERSITY • INTEGRITY • SERVICE EXCELLENCE • STEWARDSHIP

History

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is a hunger relief organization leading the fight to end hunger in our community. .

Second Harvest was founded in 1983 by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Orange under the leadership of Dan Harney and Tom Fuentes. Dan had noticed that there were an increasing number of hungry people who couldn’t find the food they needed, so in October of 1983 the food bank began its food distribution operations in a converted fruit packing facility in the City of Orange.

In 2007, Second Harvest, whose distributions had outgrown the Orange location, moved to a new facility in the Great Park in Irvine on the old El Toro Marine Base. This modern food distribution facility more than doubled the food bank’s capacity to meet the needs of Orange County’s hungry during the most difficult economic times since the Great Depression.

In 2012, Second Harvest became an independent 501 c3 corporation. We reach out to individuals, foundations, corporations, manufacturers, retailers, growers, packers, and others in the food industry for donations to help provide us food for the hungry in Orange County. We create innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger and to provide food for all who need it in a convenient and dignified setting.

We are a member of Feeding America, a nationwide hunger-relief network of 200 food banks

Staff and Board of Directors

With hard work and dedication our Board of Directors and staff ensure that everything possible is being done to provide food for the hungry in Orange County.

See our Staff

See our Board

Financials

Second Harvest Food Bank believes strongly in being good stewards of the generous donations we served more than 500,000 people last month. We are very efficient in the use of donors’ contributions. Our fundraising and general management expenses are less than 10% of total expenses, helping us feed more hungry children, families and seniors in our community. For our financial documents click here.

Annual Reports

Learn more about how we work to end hunger in Orange County.

Donors & Partners

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County relies on our generous donors and partners for their enduring commitment to helping us end hunger in our community.

Since 1983 Second Harvest has distributed more than 418 million pounds of food through our hunger relief programs. Our fight against hunger in Orange County is only possible thanks to the generosity of our Donors & Partners.

 

Charity Rankings

 

 

 

 

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is honored to have received the coveted 4-star charity ranking from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. The 4-star ranking was awarded to Second Harvest based on a number of metrics of accountability and transparency focusing on governance and ethical practices, as well as openness with donors and stakeholders. The ranking also attests to Second Harvest’s strong financial health. More information can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

Second Harvest Food Bank has earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by the organization.