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About Us


Our MissionLDP_040910_ 891

To end hunger in Orange County.

Our Vision

Together we are creating a future where no one goes hungry. Ever.

Our Strategy

Second Harvest Food Bank reaches out to the community for donations, grants, fundraising, food drives, food rescue, harvesting and volunteers to help provide food, education and advocacy for the hungry. We work with partners in the community to create innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County.

Our Values


Our Bold Goal

Second Harvest provided more than 21.6 million meals last year and while we have made great strides in reducing hunger, there are still many people in Orange County who can’t get food for their families when they need it. We have a Bold Goal aimed at eliminating the hunger gap and providing food for all who need it. To learn more click here.


Founded by the Council of Orange, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Second Harvest began providing food for the hungry in October 1983 in Orange, under the leadership of Dan Harney. In 2008, Second Harvest moved to a new facility located at the Great Park in Irvine on the old El Toro Marine Base, more than doubling its 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. Since its founding, Second Harvest has distributed more than 418 million pounds, or the equivalent of 354 million meals, of donated and surplus food to local charities.

  • 315,000 people in Orange County are at risk of hunger
  • One in six children is at risk of hunger
  • 45% of seniors can’t afford basic necessities

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


Second Harvest Food Bank believes strongly in being good stewards of the generous donations that enable us to provide food for 250,000 people each month. More than 90 cents of every dollar spent goes to programs to feed the 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.

Sponsors & Partners

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County relies on our generous 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. See our Sponsors & Partners


CEO Nicole Suydam was recently named one of the 100 Top Influencers in the community by the Orange County Register (#64 in the slideshow). The list is published each year to showcase those who contribute in a substantial way to life in Orange County.


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 Second Harvest’s strong financial health. More information can be found here.