The OC Food Bank Works to End Local Hunger during National Hunger Action Month
GARDEN GROVE, CA (September 15, 2014) – Each September the OC Food Bank, a program of Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), marks National Hunger Action Month by mobilizing the community to work together in order end local hunger.
Orange County is one of the top 10 counties or metropolitan areas in the entire United States where food insecurity is most rampant for those under the age of 18 - right next to Los Angeles, New York, Houston, and Chicago (PBS NewsHour, Jan. 24, 2014). CAPOC places priorities on becoming California’s leader in eliminating hunger and poverty by providing emergency food assistance to low-income Orange County residents and works with nearly 400 local charities to feed hungry children, families, seniors, and veterans. After alleviating the fear of hunger for low-income clients, the agency then works to strengthen families by building safe and healthy communities; creating financial stability through savings and tax preparation services; providing energy conservation services; tutoring youth in writing, math, sciences, and the arts; and supporting senior independence in order to create prosperity within Orange County.
Get involved in National Hunger Action Month this September by visiting the OC Food Bank’s 7th annual CANstruction event at South Coast Plaza, in conjunction with The Festival of Children. This event raises awareness for childhood hunger and malnutrition by bringing together nineteen local architectural, engineering, planning, and design teams who created phenomenal structures built entirely out of canned food, all of which is donated to the OC Food Bank at the completion of the exhibition on September 28, 2014. This year’s Best Meal and People’s Choice Award went to Fluor for their ‘Our LEGOcy to Children’ sculpture, which depicts LEGO characters packing canned food in boxes for donation to the OC Food Bank. The structure reflects Fluor’s tradition of engaging and empowering employees to make a difference in their communities. It took 5,258 cans to build this sculpture which will feed approximately 4,381 Orange County children.
Join the Committee for Canstruction Orange County on September 16th at 5:30pm to Strut-the-Structures in South Coast Plaza, a tour of all 19 structures. They will meet at the Garden Terrace in South Coast Plaza right outside of Macy’s.
You can also participate in National Hunger Action Month by volunteering at the OC Food Bank, hosting a canned food drive, donating to the Food Bank in support of this National movement, or by raising awareness for the 16 million American children who go hungry everyday.
“The OC Food Bank’s success in creating real change and providing new, innovative ways to serve more people than ever before highlights the positive impact we’ve had helping our neighbors through a variety of financial and personal challenges,” said Buddy Ray, Executive Director for CAPOC. “Community Action Partnership of Orange County helps 48,000 individuals each month change their lives with a variety of programs such as our OC Food Bank, which just celebrated its 35th anniversary and distributes more than 18 million pounds of food annually to feed the hungry.”
If you are interested in information on how you can help end hunger during National Hunger Action Month and feed Orange County’s low-income children, please contact (714) 897-6670 x 3404 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Together, we can eliminate hunger and poverty in Orange County.
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