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Community Matters: Food Insecurity

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

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The Greater Irvine Chamber connects you with nonprofit organizations that address issues facing the community and opportunities for you to make a difference. This month we focus on food insecurity.

Orange County’s businesses, philanthropic, governmental, faith-based, and nonprofit leaders are working together to alleviate hunger in our communities.

Although Orange County is well-known for its affluence, a segment of the county’s population, the working poor, seniors on fixed incomes, single working mothers, and children experience food insecurity. According to the Orange County Food Access Coalition (OCFAC), there are nearly 350,000 OC residents who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Organizations focused on providing food and services to the hungry are increasingly struggling to meet demand.

A study done by Feeding America and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (SHFBOC) found that among the programs affiliated with SHFBOC, 25% report having less food than needed to meet clients’ needs. Among food programs that reported turning away clients, 18% did so because they ran out of food.

OCFAC indicates there is not a lack of available food in our community but that there is a lack of access to affordable, good food options for low-income residents.

Here are some of the organizations focused on sustainable solutions to food insecurity in Orange County, and providing opportunities for the more fortunate in the community to make a difference:

The City of Irvine and the Orange County United Way offer these respective volunteer engagement programs:

Category: Community Matters

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