OC Fair patrons once again donated generously to help feed OC’s hungry. More than 57,000 pounds of food was collected during the OC Fair We Care Wednesday Food Drive on July 19. Patrons donated 5 cans of food per person for which they received free admission to the Fair and 1 free carnival ride ticket. The donations benefitted both Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Orange County Food Bank who partnered with the OC Fair to help end hunger for more than 315,000 men, women and children who are at risk of hunger.
During the summer when kids are out of school, many will lose access to their free or reduced meals and providing those extra meals can strain families’ already tight budgets. The OC Fair We Care Wednesday Food Drive is a great opportunity for the community to come out and support Orange County Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank in helping to close the meal gap.
“Summertime donations are as important as those made during the holidays. This partnership with the OC Fair and the food collected at the We Care Wednesday Food Drive will make a big difference to those who are struggling to feed their families. We appreciate each and every can,” said Nicole Suydam, CEO of Second Harvest.
“The July 19 We Care Wednesday Food Drive is another great example of the OC Fair investing in our community. Providing complimentary OC Fair admission to patrons who donated food will expand the capacity of Orange County Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank to address the nutritional needs of vulnerable families this summer,” said Mark Lowry, Director of the OC Food Bank.
The OC Fair We Care Wednesday Food Drive plays an important role in helping Orange County’s less fortunate, in raising awareness about the hunger problem, and in providing much-needed food.
About Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Second Harvest Food Bank’s mission is to end hunger in Orange County. Second Harvest distributes more than 1.6 million meals each month to 200,000 of our neighbors in need through a network of more than 180 local community partners in locations throughout the county. Learn more about Second Harvest Food Bank’s work in the community – and how you can help – at FeedOC.org.
About Orange County Food Bank
The OC Food Bank distributes over 21 million pounds of food each year to vulnerable people. Nearly 400 other charities rely on the Food Bank for the food they distribute. Those organizations include churches, senior centers, shelters, community centers, and social service agencies. Those charities feed seniors on fixed incomes, individuals with disabilities, the unemployed, homeless persons, and the working poor. The Food Bank also feeds 1,700 people directly each day in communities throughout the region. The Food Bank is part of a larger private non-profit community service organization – The Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC). Learn more about the OC Food Bank’s work in the community and the ways you can help by going to the following websites at www.ocfoodbank.org or www.capoc.org.
This article was released by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.