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OC Rescue Mission in dire need of essential food items for homeless in need over Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is approaching quickly and Orange County Rescue Mission is in dire need of critical food items to serve homeless individuals and families in need throughout Orange County.

The food items will aid in providing Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of homeless men, women and children, as well food boxes for families in need throughout the region. Orange County Rescue Mission, which has received the highest 4-star rating by Charity Navigator for the last three years in a row, has made this annual commitment to the local community for the last 55 years, according to the nonprofit’s President Jim Palmer.

“Food donations across the country are at an all-time low at a time where we need them now more than ever,” explains Palmer. “Families throughout Orange County are struggling, we are seeing increases in homelessness, and many more are experiencing food insecurity. These critical food items play a major role in aiding these individuals and families over the Thanksgiving holiday and ensuring they have a warm meal.”

In fact, many of the residents at the Orange County Rescue Mission have never had the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

“We are extremely grateful and thankful for the support of the local community to help provide food to those truly in need this holiday,” says Palmer. “These meals mean more to these individuals than you can imagine and bring hope and a sense of family at a time that can sometimes feel very hopeless.”

If in a position to donate, the Orange County Rescue Mission is requesting the following items:

  • Boxed or canned stuffing
  • Canned cranberries
  • White granulated sugar
  • Instant noodle soup
  • Flour
  • Chicken stock
  • Cream of Chicken soup
  • Cream of Mushroom soup
  • Pasta
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned tuna or meat
  • Snack bars
  • Canned fruit
  • Dry beans
  • Rice
  • Cereal

Anyone wishing to donate any of the items listed above may drop off donations at Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope, located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin, California. Donations can also be ordered online and delivered to Village of Hope. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Sunday. For more information, please contact Nancy Palmer at [email protected] or visit www.rescuemission.org/urgent-thanksgiving-food-needs/.

This article was released by the Orange County Rescue Mission.