With the help of our supporters and volunteers, Second Harvest Food Bank works through a network of 180 non-profit partner agencies and programs to provide wholesome food and fresh produce to more than 200,000 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 rate 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 second year, distributes fresh produce in a farmers market-style distribution at 18 schools in Orange County each month, reaching over 200 families each time.
Our Permanent School Pantry, piloted in late 2015 at Lincoln Elementary School in Anaheim, and is set up like a mini-mart where families can shop weekly with an appointment and can choose two full bags of whatever food their family needs. The Permanent School Pantry, called the Lion’s Den in honor of the school’s mascot, has fresh groceries like eggs and milk, cheese, butter and yogurt, frozen foods, meats, fresh produce, non-perishable items, and even hygiene and paper goods, helping 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 200,000 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.