As a connected community of 3.2 million people, we must open our eyes to the reality that hunger lives in the shadows of every city in Orange County. But because even the three largest anti-hunger/anti-poverty organizations can only do so much in silos, we formed the Orange County Hunger Alliance to make lasting, systemic impact.
FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE ARE UNITING THROUGH A SHARED, COMMON FOCUS TO:
REDUCE FOOD WASTE
If hunger isn’t solved, then poverty, social justice, health and education outcomes remain at risk
THE NEED IS GREAT
While hunger has always lived in Orange County, the economic devastation from the pandemic has widened the hunger gap:
- The county’s food insecurity rate is projected to be 13.7 percent, a significant increase from 2018’s 8.5 percent
- Pandemic-related unemployment caused thousands more Orange County residents to experience food insecurity for the first time
- Second Harvest and CAP OC Food Banks weathered record spikes in demand for food in excess of 400 percent
A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH
As one entity, we are addressing hunger and enacting positive change by:
- Leveraging purchasing power
- Increasing food distribution efficiencies
- Minimizing food waste by streamlining the movement of food
- Shrinking our carbon footprint via more direct food transportation routes
- Pursuing shared funding
- Powerfully advocating for hunger- and poverty-ending programs and policies
BUILT TO CREATE REAL, LASTING CHANGE
A true commitment of shared philosophies, resources and strategies, the Alliance recognizes hunger’s role in fueling systemic poverty. Our food banks—which support over 500 network partners—are zeroing in on solving hunger. We will also focus on tackling other root causes of poverty, like barriers to healthcare, education and job training, social and racial inequities and lack of affordable housing.
ENDING INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY
We believe the cycle of intergenerational poverty can be broken. It begins with supporting elementary-aged children, who need nutritious food every day at home and at school. In providing kids with consistent access to healthy food, they are better equipped to focus, grow with confidence, succeed at school and transcend poverty.
With our help, this young generation could be the one to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
For more on the importance of good nutrition for school-aged children, CLICK HERE.
The OC Hunger Alliance is seeking corporate partners and sponsors to help us further our efforts to end hunger and address poverty in the community.