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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

COMPASSION • DIVERSITY • INTEGRITY • SERVICE EXCELLENCE • STEWARDSHIP


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.

History

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is the largest nonprofit hunger relief organization leading the fight to end hunger in our community. We are a member of Feeding America, a nationwide hunger-relief network of 200 food banks.

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 2008, 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 the community for donations, grants, funds, food drives, grocery rescue, and volunteers to help provide food for the hungry. We work to find innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger and to close the meal gap to reach our Bold Goal of providing food for all who need it in a convenient and dignified setting.

Since its founding, Second Harvest has distributed more than 418 million pounds, or the equivalent of 354 million meals, to a network of more than 200 local charities like church and school pantries, senior centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Kids Cafes, and shelters for abused women and children.

  • More than 90 cents of every dollar spent is used for programs to feed the hungry
  • 301,000 people in OC are at risk of hunger each month
  • More than 117,000, or 1 in 6, children in OC are at risk of hunger
  • 22% of OC seniors are at risk of hunger and 45% can’t afford basic necessities
  • We feed more than 250,000 people each month, but that leaves 51,000 people without food when they need it

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 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

Honors

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.