Get Involved - Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (2022)


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Help us end hunger in Orange County. More than 90 cents of every dollar we spend goes directly to feeding the hungry.

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Pledge weekly, monthly or yearly and become a CommUNITY Circle member to help us ensure that families, children and seniors don’t go without the food they need.

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Give Food*

Donated food from manufacturers, retailers, distributors, farmers, packers and others helps us feed hundreds of thousands of people every month.

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*PLEASE NOTE: In order to maintain the highest level of food, volunteer and staff safety, we can no longer accept individual food donations at our distribution center. Currently we are only able to accept pallet and truckload quantities of food from commercial vendors. If you’d like to make individual donations of food, please click here to find a food pantry near you that will accept your donation.

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There are many more ways to help Second Harvest ensure all are well fed in OC.

For any questions about giving to Second Harvest Food Bank, please contact Lisa James, Development Director, at 949-208-3199 or [emailprotected].

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If you would like to make a donation by check, please make it payable to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and mail it to:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Attn: Development Department
8014 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618


We will provide an Annual Statement that lists your charitable gift(s) from the prior year for your records by the end of February. If you would like a gift receipt before then, please email us at [emailprotected] and we would be happy to provide one.


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Second Harvest now accepts crypto! Donating cryptocurrency is a non-taxable event, meaning you do not owe capital gains tax on the appreciated amount and can deduct it on your taxes. This makes Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency donations one of the most tax-efficient ways to support Second Harvest.

To donate cryptocurrency now, click here.


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(Video) Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County: Reaching the Most Vulnerable and Newly Vulnerable


You can make a lasting impact for years to come on the lives of local food-insecure children, families and seniors by including Second Harvest in your will.

This free estate planning tool makes it simple to get started. You can write a legal will or trust at no personal cost and include the necessary language to ensure all are well fed in Orange County for years to come.

If you’ve already created a gift in your will or trust, please let us know by filling out this form!

You may also name Second Harvest as a beneficiary of a retirement or savings account, life insurance policy or charitable trust.

Click here for more detailed information or contact Christine Montevideo, Senior Development Manager:
Call 949-208-3150 or email [emailprotected].


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Donations of stock can be made by utilizing our free online resource or by contacting your broker and requesting that the desired number of shares be transferred electronically to Second Harvest’s account.

Our online stock giving resource makes it simple to get started. You can learn more about your potential tax savings, access our Depository Trust Company (DTC) information and complete the necessary paperwork online to support Second Harvest and our hunger relief efforts with a gift of stock. Learn more and access our transfer information here.

Watch this quick video to learn more about The benefits of giving stock.


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On December 18, 2015, the IRA Charitable Rollover was passed by Congress and signed by the President, making it a permanent law.

The bill, known as the PATH Act, is retroactive to December 31, 2014. It allows taxpayers aged 70 1/2 or older to donate up to $100,000 directly from their Individual Retirement Account to a charity without treating the distribution as taxable income.

This online resource makes it easy to learn more about your potential savings, fill out the necessary paperwork and complete your IRA gift to ensure all are well fed in Orange County.

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Honorary gifts are a great way pay tribute to those you love. Your donation will ensure that children won’t go to bed hungry and seniors won’t have to choose between food and medication.

You can make a gift that gives back in the name of a loved one. Honorary gifts celebrate birthdays, anniversaries or the memory of loved ones. Please contact Christine Montevideo, Senior Development Manager: Call 949-208-3150 or email [emailprotected] to find out more.


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You can help end hunger through your company’s workplace giving program and if your company has a matching gift program, you can double your impact.

(Video) Volunteering at Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County California

Check with your Human Resources Department to see if your company offers a matching gift program. Just mail or fax your company form to:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Attn: Development Department
8014 Marine Way
Irvine, CA 92618
Fax 949.653.0700

For more information on how to donate through workplace giving, click here.


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Second Harvest welcomes donations of equipment or services that will help us feed the hungry. There are many opportunities to give your talents as a professional or to donate gently-used equipment such as refrigerated trucks. For a current list of opportunities, please email [emailprotected]

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Donate to Second Harvest Food Bank just by doing your regular shopping! Many retailers have programs that help you give back to your favorite nonprofit. Click on the links below for information on how to do it.


Host a Virtual
Food Drive

Virtual Food Drives are one of the best ways you or your company can make a difference in this challenging time. Join us in our hunger-fighting efforts! You can learn more or set up your individual or corporate Virtual Food Drive here.


Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Second Harvest Food Bank! We are grateful to have a tremendous community working alongside us to ensure all are well fed in Orange County. On behalf of our team here at Second Harvest as well as those we serve, thank you!

In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, we ask that volunteers stay home if you are not feeling well.

Please note: We open shifts on the first of every month at 8:00 AM PST. Check back on the first of each month to see more volunteer opportunities listed.



Join us as we plant, harvest, weed and maintain the fields of Harvest Solutions Farm located just down the road from our food bank in Irvine, CA.Harvest Solutions Farm currently welcomes volunteers age 10 and older with adult chaperone, with select scheduled Family Farm Nights welcoming volunteers age 7 and older with adult chaperone.

Click HERE to download and print the Harvest Solutions Farm Minor Volunteer Waivers.

If you have questions about volunteering at Harvest Solutions Farm, please email: [emailprotected].



Volunteer with us at our Distribution Center in Irvine! Participants assist in a variety of projects that help us process food to send out to our community. Our Distribution Center currently welcomes volunteers age 13 and older with an adult chaperone.

Click HERE to download and print the Distribution Center Minor Volunteer Waivers.

If you have questions about volunteering at ourDistribution Center, please email:[emailprotected].



Second Harvest provides food to those in need through our amazing network of more than 250 Community Partners. When partner sites need additional volunteer support, we assist by making those opportunities available.




We are only able to verify volunteer hours on the day of service. If you require hour verification for school or community service, please bring your form with you so our volunteer team can sign off on your hours the day of your shift. We are unable to make exceptions.

(Video) Virtual Tour of Second Harvest Food Bank 2022


All court-ordered volunteers must be referred through OneOC. For information on court-ordered community service, please click here.

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Second Harvest’s Food Sourcing Department serves the needs of donors, community partners and the food insecure in Orange County. Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, restaurant, hotel or caterer, we have a program that will transfer unwanted food directly to those in need so no food is wasted. It’s a true win-win. Contact us here and a Food Sourcing Team member will reply.

With food safety being our #1 priority, Second Harvest staff and community partners are trained in the inspection and handling of food for safe consumption and follow strict guidelines for record keeping, food handling and distribution. In addition, donors are protected from liability by the Good Samaritan Law.



Donate food that’s safe for consumption but has been discontinued, approaching its best-by date, overstocked, out-of-spec, a test or promotional product or needs to be removed for inventory.

Some of our generous donors include: Legacy Farms, Frieda’s Specialty Produce, Flowers Baking Company, OC Produce, Veg-Land, Kellogg Company, Heritage Foods, Schreiber Foods, Danone White Wave, General Mills and more.


We give you a safe and efficient way to donate:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Deli
  • Produce
  • Bakery
  • Frozen items
  • Shelf-stable items
  • Non-food health and beauty items

We make scheduled pickups in temperature-controlled trucks and deliver your donations directly to community partners, ensuring peak freshness.

Our current grocery store partners include Walmart, Sam’s Club, Kroger (Ralphs, Food 4 Less), Target, Gelson’s, select Trader Joe’s locations, Aldi, Amazon Fresh, Costco Wholesale, Smart & Final, 99 Ranch, Grocery Outlet and Sprouts.


Since many food categories are not donated in sufficient quantities, we must purchase them in bulk. If you’d like to bid on these opportunities, please contact us at [emailprotected].



If you have an event with leftover food, with advanced notice we can help get it to those in need. To learn more please contact us at [emailprotected].


We can deliver your unsold prepared and perishable food or event leftovers directly to our smaller community partners. We provide donation records for your tax purposes.

Our current restaurant partners include Disneyland and Orange County School Districts.

For more information, please contact us at [emailprotected].


Thank You From the Bottom of Our Hearts!

Every day thousands of men, women and children look to Second Harvest to provide food for their next meal. Without your donations, we’d have to turn them away. We are so grateful for your generosity as we work to ensure all in Orange County are well fed.

(Video) Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County Appreciates our Volunteers!

Thank You to Our Corporate Partners

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Thank You to Our Annual Donors

  • 786 Foundation
  • Thomas and Bonnie Abate
  • Abbott Medical Optics
  • AbbVie Employee Engagement Fund
  • Cara Abrahams
  • Janice Abshier
  • Salman and Erum Alam
  • The Albertsons Companies Foundation
  • Larry and Sophia Alexander
  • Tracy Allen Friedmann
  • Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
  • The Allstate Foundation
  • ALM Fund
  • Sean Ambrosius
  • William and Fay Amneus
  • Anaheim Community Foundation
  • Anaheim Free Methodist Church
  • Don and Ginger Anderson
  • Robert and Sheryl Anderson
  • The Angell Foundation
  • Anthem
  • Apple
  • AR Industries
  • Elaine Archer
  • Argyros Family Foundation
  • Arlo Technologies, Inc.
  • Arrowhead Evaluation Services
  • Michelle Aszterbaum
  • Roxanne Austin
  • Avago Technologies
  • The B&B Charitable Giving Fund
  • Paul Baeyens
  • David Bailey
  • Joshua Balbuena
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Nicole Baril
  • Robert and Coco Barnum
  • Susan Barnum
  • Ali Bartholomew
  • Robert Bartholomew
  • Doug and Kathleen Bauer
  • BayWa r.e.
  • Beachpoint Apartments
  • Beim Foundation
  • Jana Black
  • Kirk and Teresa Blower
  • Boeing
  • BoxLunch
  • Christopher and Danielle Bressoud
  • Mike Brett
  • Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Brezin
  • Seth Brindis and Stephanie Reich
  • Bristol Farms
  • Kathy Bronstein
  • Liane Brouillette
  • Louis Burgener
  • Dan Burk
  • California Foundation for Stronger Communities
  • California Milk Advisory Board
  • Bridget and Argyle Campbell
  • Jack and Ronnie Cancellieri
  • Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
  • Karen Caplan
  • Capstone Headwaters
  • Robert Carvalho
  • Jacqueline and Michael Casey
  • Robert and Trisha Cavecche
  • CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County
  • Richard Cermak
  • P.C. and Rosana Hsu Chao Foundation
  • Mark Chapin Johnson Foundation
  • Chapple Family Charitable Fund
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Circle K International
  • Citizens Business Bank
  • City National Bank
  • CJW Construction, Inc.
  • David R. Clare and Margaret C. Clare Foundation
  • Kenneth and Patti Clasen
  • Marie Clemons
  • The Click Family Foundation
  • CMGRP, Inc.
  • Carrie and David Coffaro
  • Steve and Cheryl Coffey
  • Estate of Monsignor Brian P. Coghlan
  • Said Cohen Foundation
  • Deann Collins
  • Louis Columbus
  • Frank and Helen Comerford
  • Compass Real Estate
  • Roxanne and Bill Comrie
  • Diane and James Connelly
  • CoreLogic
  • Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP
  • Cox Communications
  • The James M. Cox Foundation
  • Crate & Barrel
  • Kim and Richard Crawford
  • CRC Insurance Services
  • The Crean Foundation
  • Andrew and April Crisp
  • Crocs
  • Crowdstrike Foundation
  • Sean Culmer
  • Curci Fund
  • Dave and Heidi Current
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • CVS Health
  • Darden Foundation
  • Debra David
  • Cameran and Joshua Davis
  • Peggy L. Day and Delos Knight
  • David and Michele De Wenter
  • DevTo Support Foundation
  • Sheri and Chris Dialynas
  • Diederich Family Trust
  • Jennifer Dietz
  • The Dillon Fund
  • Roy and Patricia Disney Family Foundation
  • Disneyland Resort
  • Michael DiStefano
  • Documotion Research, Inc.
  • The Dorsey & Whitney Foundation
  • Leo and Elizabeth Drew
  • Dubchansky Family Foundation
  • Greg and Dorothy Duncan
  • Jennifer Duran
  • Denice Dusablon
  • The Eagle Quest Charitable Fund
  • Early Autumn, Inc.
  • Early Family Charitable Fund
  • Edwards Lifesciences Foundation
  • Fredrick Ekstein
  • Eldridge Family Charitable Fund
  • Margaret Elliot
  • Enterprise Holdings Foundation
  • e-PlanSoft
  • Factory Reproductions
  • Chip and Helen Fedalen
  • Feeding America
  • Ashley and Branden Fella
  • Finance of America Cares
  • Finastra
  • Jerome A. Fink Foundation
  • First Christian Church
  • First Lutheran of Fullerton
  • First Republic Bank
  • Lissette Fisher
  • FivePoint Communities
  • Kenna Florie
  • The Fluor Foundation
  • Jennifer Fonseca
  • Ford Dealers Advertising Association of Southern California
  • Fresh Produce & Floral Council
  • Paul and Joyce Friedman
  • Friedman-Kline Family Foundation
  • Fry Family Foundation
  • Garrett Stiepel Ryder LLP
  • Trudi and David Gartley
  • Jeff Gehl
  • Tammy Gelerter
  • General Mills, Inc.
  • Curtis Gerlach
  • Steven Gex
  • Beverly Gifford
  • Ali Gilani and Samah Haggag
  • John Gillespie
  • Giorgio Armani
  • Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP
  • Josephine Herbert Gleis Foundation
  • Global Trade Works, LLC
  • Golden State Foods
  • Goodman North America Management, LLC
  • Google
  • Beverly Graham
  • Lorna C Greenhill
  • Thomas Gregory and Vicki Sommer
  • Tom Greninger
  • Jeffrey Griffith
  • The John C. Griswold Family Foundation
  • Virginia Grogan
  • The William, Jeff and Jennifer Gross Foundation
  • Wayne and Julia Guenther
  • Carmen and Barbara Gullo
  • Timothy and Amy Guth
  • Lorraine and Thomas Gyulay
  • In Honor of Jana Hackett
  • Katherine Hall
  • O.L. Halsell Foundation
  • Rondell and Joyce Hanson
  • Pamela Harford
  • Karen and Daniel Harley
  • Michael Harley
  • Jill Harmon
  • Todd Harris
  • Harris Freeman Foundation
  • Harry's Heroes, Inc.
  • Richard Hartman
  • David and Diana Hasenbalg
  • Adam Hauptman
  • Trudy Haussmann
  • Kathleen Hawley
  • HCC Life Insurance Company
  • HDS Distilling
  • Healthpeak Properties
  • Olivia Heiberg
  • Brenda Heller
  • Harald and Courtney Herrmann
  • The Hexberg Family Foundation
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • Jane Hodgdon
  • The Hohener Family Fund
  • Tyler Holcomb
  • Robert and Candace Holland
  • John and Virginia Holtman
  • Timothy Hopkins
  • Rick and Tami Horstmann
  • Houser LLP
  • Ron Hudson
  • Pat Hunker
  • Trust of Ruth Ann Hyson
  • Immunant
  • Interfresh
  • International Paper Foundation
  • Chris and Fiona Ivey
  • The Jaffe Family Foundation
  • Reza Jahangiri
  • Brion and Bonnie Jeannette
  • Jersey Mike's
  • J and C Jodhka Family Foundation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Jill Johnson-Tucker and Larry Tucker
  • Paul Jones
  • Damien and Yvonne Jordan
  • Karen Jordan
  • Nicole and Stephen Joseph
  • The Joseph Family Foundation
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Rae Juliano
  • K World Cuisine, Inc.
  • Norman Kahn
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospitals
  • Golnoosh Kalkhoran
  • Paul Kariya
  • Dino Katsiametis
  • Alan Kaye
  • Terry Keenen
  • Kehl Family Fund
  • Brian Kelly
  • The Kelsey Family Foundation
  • Holly and Mark Kerslake
  • Melody Kiang
  • Randa and Dean Kim
  • The Alberta S. Kimball – Mary L. Anhaltzer Foundation
  • Carol Kiminskas
  • Scott and Susan Kisting
  • Kiva Foundation
  • Lisa Klarin
  • Kate Klimow and David Golbeck
  • Ashish and Sugeeta Kohli
  • Kohl's
  • Kevin Kojian
  • Kore1, LLC
  • Kowloon Wholesale Seafood Company, Inc.
  • Kraft Foods Foundation
  • Kramer Family Foundation
  • Andrew Kramer Foundation
  • Barbara and John Kraus
  • Phyllis Kruckenberg
  • Ru-Li and Julie Kung
  • Carl and Robin LaBarbera
  • Latcha+Associates
  • Latham & Watkins, LLP
  • Omar Latif
  • Cathie Lawler
  • James Lawson
  • LBA Realty
  • Diana Leach
  • The Ralph and Eleanor Leatherby Family Foundation
  • Ledcor Contractors Group, Inc.
  • Maxwell and Ying Lee
  • The Lester Family Charitable Fund
  • Kate Levering-Jahangiri
  • Rachel Levin
  • Michael and Katherine Lewis
  • Liberty Commercial Finance
  • Chris Liu
  • loanDepot
  • Lockton Cares
  • Mike Long
  • Loro Piana
  • LPA, Inc.
  • Luxe Real Estate
  • James Mac Pherson
  • MacKenzie Corp
  • Joe MacPherson Foundation
  • Macro-Z-Technology Company
  • Macy's/Bloomingdale's Corporate Services, Inc.
  • Heather and James Madden
  • Mark Malatesta
  • Thomas Marshall
  • Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Masco Corporation
  • Kent and Lisa Matranga Family Foundation
  • Winslow Maxwell Charitable Trust
  • Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc.
  • Stephen and Susan McArthur
  • McGraw-Hill
  • Keith Mckay
  • Jeri and Daniel McKenna
  • Kathy Mckinley
  • Liz McKinley
  • The John L McQuade Revoc. Trust
  • Meritage Cares Foundation
  • MicroVention, Inc.
  • Hassan Milani
  • MilkPEP
  • Kelly and Thomas Mitchell
  • Michael Mitchell
  • The Moca Foundation
  • John Mooney and Angela Tripoli
  • Jim and Susanne Moore
  • Morgan Stanley Foundation
  • MUFG Union Bank Foundation
  • Nancy and Rick Muth
  • Nancy Naftel
  • Behrouz and Natasha Namdari
  • Nationwide Insurance Foundation
  • NBC4
  • Alison Needham
  • John Negus
  • Rick and Kim Nelson
  • Netflix DVD
  • Thomas and Debbie Newmeyer
  • Newport Dunes Resort
  • Marianne and Robert Nibeel
  • Nobbs Family Foundation
  • Nordstrom, Inc.
  • Northwestern Mutual Foundation
  • Joseph and Ann Obegi
  • Oceanic, Inc.
  • Sue Ellen and Paul O'Connor
  • OCSC Foundation
  • Jane Olin and Tim Jerkovich
  • OneOC
  • Orange County Community Foundation
  • Orange County Resilience Fund
  • Orange County United Way
  • Larry Overman
  • Pacific Life Foundation
  • Pacific Logistics Corp
  • Pacific Western Bank
  • Pappas Family Foundation
  • Parallel Capital Partners
  • Alex and Zachary Parker
  • Glenn Pascall
  • Pass & Seymour
  • Raj Patel
  • Paypal Charitable Giving Fund
  • Robert Peirson
  • The Peoples Bank
  • Jill Petroff
  • Dominic Petrucci
  • John and Sherry Phelan
  • Phileo Foundation
  • Anne Phillips
  • Constance Phillips
  • Phoenix Planning and Construction Services, Inc.
  • Suzanne Pipkin
  • Playstation Cares
  • The Pool Guys Remodeling & Repair
  • Michael Prather
  • David Pyle
  • Quicksilver Fund
  • R and K Family Fund
  • Ralphs, Food 4 Less and The Kroger Co. Zero Hunger Zero Waste Foundation
  • Raymond Handling Solutions
  • RealPage, Inc.
  • Roger Reading
  • Daria and Kenneth Reed
  • Robert and Isabel Reeves
  • Jan and Roy Reimer
  • Joel Reiss
  • Mary Rempel
  • Revival Church of Irvine
  • Cheryl and Ralph Rodgers
  • Joanne Roh
  • Bruce and Carolyn Rouleau
  • RS Crum, Inc.
  • RSM US Foundation
  • Rushmore Loan Management Services
  • Peter and Mary Russo Family Foundation
  • Rutan & Tucker, LLP
  • Teri and Bill Saddler
  • Saints Simon & Jude Catholic Church
  • The Salehi Law Group
  • SCAN Health Plan
  • Virginia Schloemer
  • Sherrill A Schoepe Irrevocable Trust
  • SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
  • Perry Schonfeld
  • Jim and Suzanne Schraith
  • Robert Schrimmer
  • Linda and Jeff Schulein
  • Linda Schumann
  • Kylie Schuyler Hodge and Douglas Hodge
  • Schwab Charitable Fund
  • SDGE A Sempra Energy Utility
  • Shishir Shah
  • Share Our Strength
  • Dina Sherman
  • The Sikand Foundation, Inc.
  • Karanvir Singh
  • Susan Skara
  • The James & Glenys Slavik Family Foundation
  • Smiley Wang-Ekvall, LLP
  • Amber Smith
  • Michael and Sherrill Smith
  • Steve and Georgiann Smith
  • Vinny and Tori Smith
  • Society of American Military Engineers – OC Post
  • Solteros Apts 1A
  • James Sommerville
  • Southface Institute
  • Michele Soutner
  • Spectrum Plastics Group – San Clemente
  • The Springer Charitable Fund
  • St. Joseph Health
  • Starbucks Coffee Company
  • State Farm Insurance Companies
  • Stauber Performance Ingredients
  • OC Community Foundation/Richard and Elizabeth Steele Endowment
  • Joan Stephenson and Dr. David Stephenson
  • Dr. Sharon Stevenson
  • Brian Stock
  • Stonefire Grill, Inc.
  • Storehouse Foundation
  • Strauss Generational Family Charitable Fund
  • Subaru of America, Inc.
  • Subway Restaurant
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Sullivan
  • Christine Sullivan
  • SunTerra Produce
  • The Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation
  • Mark Sweetman
  • The Swinerton Foundation
  • Sysco
  • Mary and Robert Taddeo
  • Marian Tang
  • Target Enterprise, Inc.
  • Bart and Deborah Thomsen
  • Michael Timmons
  • TJX Companies, Inc.
  • TJX Foundation, Inc.
  • Toshiba America
  • TSMC North America
  • Cynthia Tusan
  • UBS
  • Ueberroth Family Foundation
  • Ugalde Family Charitable Foundation
  • Gene Underwood
  • United Healthcare Group
  • UPS Foundation
  • US Venture Partners
  • Victor and Vivian Valdez
  • Madeline and Eleanor Van Buren
  • Laura and Tim Vanderhook
  • Richard and Roxana VerWayne
  • Michael Vevik
  • Jon and Robin Visser
  • Chris Vogt and Julie Larsen
  • Valaree Wahler
  • Wallace Air Cargo Group, Inc.
  • Walmart Foundation
  • The Walt Disney Company Foundation
  • Edward Wang
  • Tom Ward
  • Warne Family Charitable Foundation
  • Deborah and Gregory Warren
  • Doris and Michael Weinbaum
  • Melinda Welch
  • Wells Fargo Foundation
  • Wescom Credit Union We Care Foundation
  • Western Digital Foundation
  • Clio Wetmore
  • David and Mable Wheeler
  • Jeff Wheeler
  • Rick White
  • Howard Whittaker
  • Whole Foods Market
  • Joan M. Wismer Foundation
  • Bill Witte and Keiko Sakamoto
  • Wolfsburg West
  • Bob and Mary Beth Wolpert
  • Wright Ford Young & Co.
  • Carl E. Wynn Foundation
  • Yardi Systems, Inc.
  • Varooge Yerganian
  • The Don Yoder Foundation
  • Trust of Carolyn Young
  • Robert and Mildred Young
  • Nancy and Arn Youngman
  • Trisha Yount
  • Sharon and Randy Zacky

Thank You to Our Corporate Food Donors

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For questions about our events, please contact [emailprotected].

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JUNE 1 – JULY 1, 2022


Join us for our 6th annual Food From The Bar campaign as the legal community comes together to provide critically needed food for people in need in our community. Click here to learn more about how you can participate!

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Second Harvest Food Bank invites the community to Walk to Feed OC, presented by Albertsons! Held at Tanaka Farms in Irvine during Hunger Action Month, this inaugural event will bring together people from all “walks” of life to help raise awareness about nutritional and food insecurity in Orange County. Clickherefor more details.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 22, 2022 • 11:45 A.M.


Location: TBA
Please save the date and join us for this annual update on our work. We are hopeful for an in-person event this year. Details coming soon. Click here to view the 2021 virtual event video.

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30th Annual Harvesters Luncheon & Fashion Show

Oct. – Date and more details to come. Click HERE to learn more about Harvesters.


In fiscal year 2021 through our Community Partners, Second Harvest Food Bank helped an average of 489,000 individuals per month who were experiencing food insecurity. Helping our neighbors in need benefits all of us in Orange County. Children who’ve had a healthy meal are better learners. Workers perform better in their jobs. Seniors stay active longer.

If you have ideas on how you would like to advocate for Second Harvest and those we serve, please contact us at [emailprotected].

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(Video) Micah's Way's Visit to Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County


Are food banks run by volunteers? ›

Volunteers are the driving force behind foodbanks. There are thousands of volunteers across the UK, helping The Trussell Trust Foodbank Network get emergency food to people in crisis.

How can I help my local food bank? ›

Ways to donate food
  1. Directly to your local food bank – find your nearest one here.
  2. At collection points in supermarkets across the country.
  3. By hosting a collection at your school, church or business for your local food bank.

Where can I donate my local food? ›

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What is America's Second Harvest? ›

Effective immediately, America's Second Harvest–The Nation's Food Bank Network, an organization of more than 200 food banks that provide food and grocery products to food pantries, soup kitchen and other emergency food agencies across the country, will become Feeding America.

How many times can you use a food bank? ›

How many times can I visit a food bank? You can normally get up to four food bank vouchers issued, as it's meant to be a short-term solution. Some food banks will be flexible and may be able to provide more. If you're struggling with financial issues get in touch with us for support on how to manage your money.

How long can you use a food bank? ›

Do they only hand out food? Not exactly. Food banks give out parcels of household supplies that will typically last between three and seven days. As you might expect, most of it is food: pasta, tinned fruit and veg, rice, tea, soup and so on.

Can food banks take frozen food? ›

We're always looking for more ways to fill our Pantries – can you help? Pantries stock fresh, frozen, chilled and ambient foods; our members are also particularly keen on toiletries and household goods!

What is the salary of the CEO of Feeding America? ›

Our auditors at reviewed Feeding America's payroll disclosures and found Diana Aviv, CEO, made $1.1 million (2019).

How does World Harvest food bank work? ›

Each family is provided with one grocery basket full of food items each time they visit World Harvest Charities and Family Services. Our funding comes from various sources and is mostly comprised of individuals and corporations.

What is it called when churches give out free food? ›

Many communities have a local “food pantry”, sometimes mistakenly called a “food bank.” Most of these community food pantries are sponsored by local area churches and/or community coalitions.

What does Second Harvest mean? ›

1 : a second harvest from the regrowth or second growth of a crop (as broomcorn) after harvesting earlier in the season. 2 : a crop planted after harvesting another crop on the same land earlier in the season.

What is the largest food bank in the US? ›

Today, Feeding America is the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization—a powerful and efficient network of 200 food banks across the country.

When did Second Harvest become Feeding America? ›

In May of 1995, the food bank joined a national coalition of food banks known as America's Second Harvest, now known as Feeding America.

Who is allowed to use a food bank? ›

Anyone can use a food bank. Usually, a person will swap a food voucher for their household, and most food banks will provide three days worth of food at one time. They take care to ensure each food package is nutritionally balanced, offer a solid support network, and provide a place to get friendly advice.

Who refers you to a food bank? ›

Referral process

Each food bank works with different frontline professionals, like doctors, health visitors, social workers, and Citizens Advice. These professionals will be able to refer you to a food bank and give you a food bank voucher if they think you need emergency food.

Do food banks provide pet food? ›

Pet food banks provide a supply of free pet food to people in financial hardship, potentially helping prevent animals from being handed into rescue centres or simply abandoned. As the cost of living continues to rise, many are struggling to afford to feed both themselves and their beloved pets.

Can you give out of date food to a food bank? ›

Redistributing food and donating to food banks

Food cannot be sold, redistributed or consumed after the use-by date. Food should not be donated to food banks after the use-by date. The only exception is if the food has gone through a safe freezing or cooking process before the use-by date has passed.

What are the disadvantages of food banks? ›

Heavy reliance on foodbanks can lead to long-term health problems, a leading academic has warned. Families who rely too heavily on foodbanks may suffer nutritional deficiencies because so much of the produce is processed rather than fresh.

How do food bank vouchers work? ›

Care professionals, such as social workers, school staff, and health visitors, identify those in need of help and give them a food voucher for their local food bank. This voucher provides a food parcel of three days' worth of non-perishable food from the bank.

What can you do with unopened expired food? ›

Food banks and pantries all over the country—especially larger organizations which have registered dieticians on the staff who check all donated food to ensure it is still safe to eat and nutritious—encourage people to donate their past-date food (see here, here).

What are the best non-perishable foods to stock up on? ›

What to Always Keep in Your Pantry
  • Peanut butter. A great source of energy, peanut butter is chock-full of healthful fats and protein. ...
  • Whole-wheat crackers. ...
  • Nuts and trail mixes. ...
  • Cereal. ...
  • Granola bars and power bars. ...
  • Dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins. ...
  • Canned tuna, salmon, chicken, or turkey. ...
  • Canned soups and chili.
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What comes in a food bank hamper? ›

A food parcel contains nutritionally balanced, non-perishable, tinned and dried foods that have been donated by the local community. They are tweaked slightly for males, females and families and essential toiletries are included. Household items are provided such as toilet roll, and sometimes baby food can be offered.

What is in the food? ›

Food is mainly composed of water, lipids, proteins and carbohydrates. Minerals (e.g. salts) and organic substances (e.g. vitamins) can also be found in food. Plants, algae and some microorganisms use photosynthesis to make their own food molecules.

Why are food banks so important? ›

Each year billions of pounds of food go to waste, while 1 in 4 people are malnourished. Food banking systems capture surplus food and deliver it to the people who need it most, engaging all sectors of society (governments, business, and civil) in the process.

Do food banks accept alcohol? ›

Note we cannot accept infant formula milk, alcohol or foods containing alcohol. We always welcome donations and promise to use them to provide help to people in crisis.

Can I donate money to a local food bank? ›

But anyone can donate to a food bank and it is one of the most direct ways of helping local people at their most desperate time. Never donated to a food bank before?

What can I donate to Ukraine? ›

– Support Ukraine is coordinating donations and deliveries of essential goods, medicines, food products, medical equipment and ammunition. You can also sign up as a volunteer or driver, or register an aid collection centre in your area. – donation details for humanitarian and medical aid.

What percentage of Feeding America goes to charity? ›

Forbes cited Feeding America's fund-raising efficiency rating of 98 percent, which is well above the average of 86 percent. They also noted that Feeding America has a charitable commitment of 97 percent. As year-end approaches, Feeding America encourages people to give the gift of meals to those facing hunger.

Is Feeding America a good place to work? ›

Is Feeding America a good company to work for? Feeding America has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5, based on over 137 reviews left anonymously by employees. 71% of employees would recommend working at Feeding America to a friend and 75% have a positive outlook for the business.

What percentage of my donation goes to Feeding America? ›

We invest 98% of all donations into programs and services that feed our neighbors. This includes collecting and distributing food donations to front-line organizations like food banks, food pantries, and soup kitchens. And, only 0.3% of our total budget covers overhead and administrative costs.

What is the meaning of food pantry? ›

A food pantry is a distribution center where hungry families can receive food. Supplied with food from a food bank, pantries feed hundreds of people per week! Because every community is different, there are many different types of pantries.

What the community pantry movement means for Filipinos? ›

In a time of need, hope simply comes from people coming together to help each other. The people of the Philippines come together in mutual aid as a response to hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. They set up food banks by and for the people, now familiarly called 'community pantries'.

Who are people who use food banks? ›

These are usually people of working age, middle-aged rather than young or old, mostly living in rented accommodation. About five out of six are without a job and depending on benefits.

Where do food banks get their food UK? ›

Food donations

Non-perishable, in-date food is donated by the public at a range of places, such as schools, churches, and businesses, as well as supermarket collection points. It is then sorted into emergency food parcels by more than 28,000 volunteers, to be given to people in crisis.

How old do you have to be to volunteer at a food bank UK? ›

There's no upper age limit on volunteering. Some organisations' insurance policies do not cover you if you're under 16 or over a certain age. You cannot work for a profit-making organisation if you're under 14, even if you're not paid.

What do volunteers do in charity shops? ›

What does a shop volunteer do? Volunteering in a charity shop will allow you to learn new, transferable skills. You will meet customers, sort donations and stock and make new friends. You will also be responsible for keeping the shop looking attractive and help with promotional events.

Why are so many people using foodbanks? ›

London's food banks were busy before the pandemic. But now, as the United Kingdom braces for a second winter with coronavirus, rising food prices, higher energy costs and cuts to government benefits are putting huge pressure on household budgets and forcing legions of people to turn to charity.

Are food banks a good thing? ›

Heavy reliance on foodbanks can lead to long-term health problems, a leading academic has warned. Families who rely too heavily on foodbanks may suffer nutritional deficiencies because so much of the produce is processed rather than fresh.

Why do people use a Foodbank? ›

Some were in low-paid employment but were facing short-term financial difficulties due to changing jobs, moving home, servicing debt or other unusual costs. More frequently, participants were benefit claimants whose income had been reduced by delays in processing new or revised claims.

How do I get a voucher for food bank UK? ›

You can contact our crisis team to a request a foodbank voucher, call us on 01202 096 622 or email with your name. address, contact number and date of birth. These details help us to get in touch and conduct welfare checks in the case of emergency.

How many families use food banks? ›

In its May 2021 State of Hunger report, the Trussell Trust estimated around 2.5% of all UK households (700,000) used a food bank in 2019-20, prior to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

How many food banks are there? ›

There are at least 1172 independent food banks operating across the UK.

How long should you volunteer to get a job? ›

Resume Deli CEO Joe Terach recommends negotiating your volunteer position as if it were a paid opportunity. Six months in, you should have earned enough relevant experience and gotten enough exposure to the organization and its goals that others consider you a valuable resource worthy of a paid role, he says.

Can a volunteer be sacked? ›

Volunteers are not covered by the same rights of that of an employee or worker. This means in theory that volunteers can be discriminated against or unfairly dismissed without impunity.

Can you volunteer with a criminal record? ›

A criminal conviction will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a volunteer; the decision will depend on the type of offence and its relevance to the volunteering role. Some roles will also require a criminal record check. If you do have any unspent convictions please include details in a sealed envelope.

Do you get paid for volunteering in a charity shop? ›

Volunteers are not paid a wage, although some do get expenses to cover their travel. Some shops allow their volunteers to purchase goods at a discount, often subject to certain limits.

What skills do you need to work in a charity shop? ›

We summarise the top 8 skills and qualities you'll have if you want to impress.
  • Enthusiasm and dedication for your chosen charitable cause. ...
  • Team-working and people skills. ...
  • Communication skills: oral and written. ...
  • Administrative and organisational skills. ...
  • Commercial / business awareness. ...
  • Pro-activity and flexibility.

What age can you do volunteer work? ›

Young people can also volunteer either at school or in their own time. If you're aged 16 or 17 you can take part in the National Citizen Service (NCS).


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