With the help of our supporters and volunteers, Second Harvest Food Bank works through a network of 190 non-profit partner agencies and programs to provide wholesome food and fresh produce to more than 250,000 hungry children, seniors and families in Orange County every month.
Child Hunger Strategy
Children are our most vital resource and we work diligently to fight childhood hunger through our Kids Cafe and School Pantry Programs.
It is our mission to help feed these children when they need it most, after-school, during the summer months, and the weekend.
Our Kids Cafe Program provides healthy, delicious meals to 2,700 children every day after school at 49 locations in Orange County. These locations are in low-income neighborhoods where the number of children who qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch can be as high as 99%. In the summer, we provide lunch and a snack so children never have to go hungry.
We operate two models of the School Pantry Program – a Mobile Program and a Permanent Program. Our Mobile School Pantry, now in its third year, brings food to schools in underserved neighborhoods. Here the local volunteers set up the fresh produce in a farmers market-style distribution at 18 schools in Orange County each month, reaching over 200 families each time.
Our first Permanent School Pantry, called the Lion’s Den, was piloted in late 2015 at Lincoln Elementary School in Anaheim. We now have a second Permanent School Pantry, the Mercado El Sol at El Sol Science and Art Academy in Santa Ana. These food pantries are set up like mini-marts and it’s here that families can shop weekly with an appointment, choosing two full bags of the food their families needs. The Permanent School Pantries feature fresh groceries like eggs and milk, cheese, butter and yogurt, frozen foods, meats, fresh produce, non-perishable items, and even hygiene and paper goods, which help families stretch their limited incomes even further.
Nearly 10% of the people at risk of going hungry in Orange County are seniors.
Our Senior Grocery Programs provides low-income seniors with healthy food options twice per month at nearly 40 locations in Orange County. More than 3,500 seniors in Orange County benefit from this free program offered at Senior Centers, Community Centers, Low-Income Senior Apartments, and other locations with large numbers of low-income seniors.
Through our network of hundreds of community partners distributing food at locations throughout the county, Second Harvest feeds more than 250,000 individuals each month.
We coordinate the delivery of food to hungry families through the Emergency Food Assistance Program and the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and we partner with agencies to supply vital food to families living under the poverty level.