With Thanksgiving two weeks away, service organizations and churches across Orange County are seeking donations of foodstuffs and cash to help feed the needy on the holiday.
Following is a list of agencies that will accept donations and distribute them through various agencies, including the Food Distribution Center-Serving Orange County and St. Vincent de Paul.
According to Food Distribution Center officials, some 320,000 people in Orange County may go to bed hungry at least once a month or go without food for a day. Most eat improperly balanced meals.
During its last fiscal year, Oct. 1-Sept. 30, FDC supplied its participating agencies with 6.6 million pounds of supplemental food worth $7.6 million. This compares with 7.5 million pounds of food valued at $8.62 million distributed last year to 98,000 people.
Earlier this year, the facility expanded its freezer and pantry storage space to 77,000 cubic feet to accommodate 25 million pounds of food.
Share Our Selves, the Costa Mesa-based organization that annually feeds 216,000 from its food distribution center, is now accepting donations for Christmas baskets and new toys.
Project Hope* County Health Care Agency -Volunteer Services
1440 East First St., Suite 305 Santa Ana, Calif. 92701
Since 1983, the volunteer organization committed to serving the county's mental health and public health clients has worked with the Irvine Board of Realtors, banks, local clubs, high school and auxiliary groups.
Project Hope used 4,000 pounds of food collected by the Orange County Postal Federal Employees Credit Union last year to assist families during the holiday season. Based on an average of five to six persons per household, volunteers are hoping to feed 500 families this Thanksgiving.
Nonperishable foods are requested because the program lacks refrigeration facilities. Cash donations will be used to purchase turkeys and other holiday meal trimmings prior to distribution. Food certificates redeemable at local supermarkets are welcomed. Arrangements can be made for donors to adopt families.
Today is the deadline for donations. Please make checks payable to "Project Hope" and send to the address listed above.
Orange County Postal Federal Employees Credit Union* 13902 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, Calif. 92643
24000 Avila Road, (lower level)
Laguna Niguel, Calif. 92677 (714) 554-2700
Federal postal and credit union employees are working with "Project Hope" for the second consecutive year. Boxes for canned goods and non-perishable food donations have been placed in post offices and both credit union locations. They will remain throughout the holiday season. All donations made by Nov. 20 will be used for Thanksgiving.
Employees have adopted five families who will receive special food baskets with fully cooked hams and gifts for the holidays. Persons giving cash donations should make checks payable to "Project Hope," The County Health Care Agency-Volunteer Services, 1440 East First St., Suite 305, Santa Ana, Calif. 92701.
Friends In Service To Humanity (FISH)* (Address not available, only phone calls accepted)
(714) 642--6060 The volunteer Christian service organization funded partially by United Way provides emergency assistance to residents of Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach living at and/or below the poverty level. Thanksgiving baskets will be hand-delivered to 100 needy families. To donate, call (714) 642--6060. Dried milk, canned goods, non-perishable foods and monetary donations are requested by Nov. 20. Please notify the organization by Nov. 16 to donate turkeys, which are needed by Nov. 23.
Orange County Rescue Mission*
1901 W. Walnut St.
Santa Ana, Calif. 92703
(714) 835-0499 With support from local churches and organizations, the mission plans to give away 300 to 500 food boxes complete with turkeys. Canned vegetables, turkeys and frozen pies are requested. Dinner for an estimated 2,200-2,500 people will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed to assist and serve dinner. Donations are still needed for Christmas.
Delhi Community Center*
542 E. Central Ave.
Santa Ana, Calif. 92707
(714) 549-1317 "We wanted to give away 395 turkey baskets last year. Unfortunately, we simply ran out of food," said Guillermo Corvoba, program manager. But the center, celebrating its 20th birthday, hopes to meet the former quota. Donations--canned or frozen vegetables, cranberry sauce, hams, turkeys, rice, tomato sauce--are needed by Nov. 23.
Catholic Charities* Catholic Community Agencies*
2829 West First St.
Santa Ana, Calif. 92703
Presently, the agency distributes 450 bags of food weekly to needy families. Holiday baskets will not be given out. "The need is all year long. Our focus is expanding regular food distribution during the holidays. We must give more food to more people who need it," a spokeswoman said.