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Supervisor Katrina Foley announces initiatives for families, Including diaper distribution, free COVID-19 saliva test kits, and meal distribution for the holidays

Our Orange County families continue to struggle overcoming the impacts of the pandemic.  As we head into the holiday season, our office will do our part to help more families with necessities. 

“Every family needs diapers. The costs of diapers continue to increase, forcing parents to choose diapers over other basic needs like food, toiletries, laundry soap, and even school supplies for older children in the home.” said Supervisor Foley.

On Friday, Supervisor Foley joined the CalWorks office at Orange Coast College and the Community Action Fund to distribute free diapers to families in need. We hope that supplying diapers will free up limited household funds for other necessities, and maybe even something special for a holiday family meal together over Thanksgiving. 

“We also passed out $25 grocery store gift cards, as part of our nutrition assistance grants funded from American Rescue Plan funds.” said Supervisor Foley.

We want all Orange County families to have access to free COVID-19 test kits, as families gather for the holidays. Along with the diapers, Supervisor Foley also passed out free saliva test kits as part of our District 2 health equity initiatives. It’s important to know if the sniffles and a sore throat are COVID-19 related, to prevent the virus from spreading to other family members, especially the elderly or the immunocompromised.

Supervisor Foley distributed more than $1.8 million in grants to cities and nonprofits, to help with holiday meal boxes and food pantries. Supervisor Foley will join community leaders at various meal box distributions this week including:

  • Monday, November 22-11:30 a.m. Fresh Beginnings Ministries at Lighthouse Community Church – 301 Magnolia Street, Costa Mesa 92627
  • Tuesday, November 23- 8:30 a.m. Share Our Selves (SOS) – 1550 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92627
Below is a list of amounts and funds distributed to date:
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley – $50,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress – $50,000
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast – $50,000
  • City of Buena Park – $70,000
  • City of Costa Mesa – $200,000
  • City of Cypress – $105,000
  • City of Fountain Valley – $70,000
  • City of Huntington Beach – $200,000
  • City of La Palma – $70,000
  • City of Los Alamitos – $70,000
  • City of Seal Beach – $70,000
  • City of Stanton – $70,000
  • Cypress College Foundation – $50,000
  • Fresh Beginnings Ministries – $23,100
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital – $100,000
  • Orange Coast College Foundation – $50,000
  • Our Lady Queen of Angels Church $25,000
  • Power of One Foundation – $20,000
  • Rossmoor Community Services District – $70,000
  • Abrazar Survey – $7,500
  • Share Our Selves – $100,000 
  • NGP Senior Outreach Mailer – $20,000
  • Wound Walk OC – $22,000
  • Senior Affordable Housing Gift Card Distribution – $165,000
  • Oakview Family Resource Center via Hoag – $100,000

This week Supervisor Foley also begins collecting new kids coats as one of her annual holiday drives. Her ‘kids coat drive’ enters its 13th year.  Over the years, she has distributed thousands of new coats to kids in Costa Mesa through the Boys & Girls Club & SOY. This year, given her new role, she will collect coats at locations in all 11 cities she represents. Collection boxes will be located at the following locations starting Monday, November 22, 2021 through December 2, 2021:

  • OC Hall of Administration Lobby
  • Lobby for OCC Administrative Offices
  • Costa Mesa City Hall Lobby 
  • Rossmoor Community Services Offices Lobby
  • OCEA offices Lobby 
  • Huntington Beach Senior Center
  • American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291

*A list of additional drop-off locations will be updated on our website daily, here: https://d2.ocgov.com/community-updates

**New coats only, please, as these will be included in holiday gift packages for students at SOY, the Boys & Girls Clubs in Newport Mesa, Cypress & Los Alamitos, and the Oak View Community Resource Center.  

This article was released by the Office of Supervisor Katrina Foley.