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How It Works


We provide food to our Partner Network of 264 local charities and organizations in all 34 cities in Orange County. They distribute food to those in need at more than 300 locations such as:

  • Food Pantries at Houses of Worship
  • School Food Pantries
  • Mobile Food Pantries
  • After School Programs
  • Senior Centers
  • Soup Kitchens
  • Transitional Housing Facilities

Food Bank Basics

Purchased and donated food is received at our 122,000 square foot distribution center in Irvine and then shipped out to our Partner Network for distribution at more than 300 food pantries and other distribution locations throughout the county. Last year Second Harvest distributed more than 50 million pounds of food to our Partner Network.

We are focused on providing the most basic of needs – nutritious food. Second Harvest provides consistent access to nutritious food to those in need in the community, specifically to the most vulnerable among them through our Child Hunger Strategy, including Permanent and Mobile School Pantries, after-school programs, College Pantries, and our Senior Grocery Program. Well-nourished children have better educational outcomes and better prospects for the future. College students can focus on learning and preparing to enter the workforce. Seniors whose nutritional needs are met are likely to be healthier and enjoy living independently for longer. Adults who are food secure can focus their time and energy on supporting themselves and their families and on becoming self-sufficient.

Food & Funds

When you donate to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County you take a powerful stand in the fight against hunger. Every dollar you donate helps us provide at least three meals for food-insecure men, women and children in our community.

People We Serve

With unemployment still high in Orange County, there are hundreds of thousands of food-insecure people who need our help to put food on the table. People who had good jobs are still out of work and in need of a helping hand 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 also have to make hard choices between food and rent or food and medications. All of these people are now looking to Second Harvest and our Partner Network for help.


Volunteers have provided tremendous support to the food bank since we opened in 1983. Unfortunately with the need to secure our facility to protect staff and volunteers alike from COVID, we’ve had to suspend all of our volunteer opportunities. We’ll be bringing back volunteers soon so please check back to find out more.