Hunger exists in Orange County, California. In fact, nearly 400,000 people in Orange County struggle with hunger and 21% of children are food insecure. Additionally, 33% of children in Orange County are already overweight. These two statistics may seems contradictory, however many low income families are faced with living in food deserts. A food desert, can be an urban or rural area where families have limited access to fresh, nutritious and affordable food. The struggle to obtain healthy food is compounded by these areas being saturated with fast food restaurants and convenience stores. Furthermore, these low income families may not have reliable transportation to a grocery store with fresh foods.
These families deserve the same healthy foods that we purchase for our own families. Non-perishable food items are often requested and seem to be the simplest, however this results in a pile of processed foods for the food bank. Use the list below to make a healthy, non-perishable donation. Food banks will happily accept canned foods, fresh foods and any other foods in their original packaging.
Visit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County website to learn more about where to make donations or how to donate time, money or resources.
Old-Fashioned Oatmeal (in the canister)
Shredded Wheat cereal
Whole grain pasta
Whole grain cracker (example: Triscuits)
Corn tortillas or whole wheat flour tortillas
Beans (canned or dry)
Nuts and Seeds (raw or roasted)
Canned soups (Low sodium)
Tuna (packed in water)
Natural nut butters (no added sugar)
Dried Fruit (unsweetened)
Salsa (in a jar)