Increase Access to Nutritious Foods

Improving access to nutritious foods can reduce hunger and improve health throughout our county.

Expand Capacity of Programs Addressing Food Insecurity

Kids with FoodFor the majority of people who live in Orange County, hunger is a hidden problem. It strikes individuals, families with children and the elderly. Many of those who need food assistance have full- or part-time jobs, but end up with little left for food after paying for housing and other necessary monthly expenses. Improved countywide access to nutritious and affordable foods for vulnerable populations means no one—young or old—has to go hungry.

  • Solutions in Action: The Second Harvest Food Bank network of over 470 partner charities and direct hunger relief programs alleviates food insecurity for more than 240,000 individuals in Orange County.

Outreach and Education

Often the individuals most in need of help are the least aware of their options. Increased awareness and education about existing food resources help reach those in greatest need.

  • Solutions in Action: The Community Action Partnership’s Farm 2 Kids program provides children a five-pound bag of fresh produce as they leave school, helping families secure the nutrition they need and teaching them about wise food choices.

Meal Services

Increasing the capacity of food distribution programs and meal service providers at locations throughout the county can help individuals with limited access, including transportation barriers.

  • Solutions in Action: SeniorServ prepares and delivers three daily meals directly to the homes of homebound, frail and isolated seniors living in central and north Orange County, often providing the only regular human contact they have.