December 15, 2017
As the Holidays quickly approach, Community Action Partnership of Orange County and our OC Food Bank are dedicated to making sure that children, families, seniors, and Veterans impacted by poverty are not left behind. Please join us for our annual Hope for the Holidays Campaign and give the gift that counts!

There are  several ways that your business, organization, group or self can help support Hope for the Holidays!
Adopt a Family Stories
Martha is a single mother of seven children and receiving assistance in order to provide for her family. Her three youngest children are triplets. When she found out she was expecting triplets, the father left her. Her oldest daughter, Ariana, works and assists her mother in providing for the family. 
Jocelyn's husband, Bryan, injured his knee in October 2016 and since then, Jocelyn has been the sole provider for the family of six and have had to pull together during this difficult time. Their roles have switched, Bryan is now a stay-at-home dad and in addition, trying to resolve his surgery issue that keeps getting rejected. Between their limited income and medical bills, their finances are extremely tight. 

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We are so happy to be able to help families like these any many more last year have an extra special holiday season during stressful times in their lives. This year c onsider adding a few more items to your holiday shopping list to help a family in need. Sign up today to sponsor a family through the Adopt-A-Family program and make the holiday season so much brighter for a local family! 

Contact Natalie at | (714) 897-6670, ext. 5310

We need your help this holiday Season! This time of year can be especially difficult for families struggling to make ends meet. Gifts and Holiday meals become secondary to low-income families when bills need to be paid. You can help make the holiday season so much brighter by providing new clothes, toys, holiday food baskets, or gift certificates for a deserving family in need. Please download the  Adopt-a-Family information and Contact Sheet  and/or you can  Donate Online . If you wish to purchase gifts for your adopted family yourself, you will receive your family's wishlist around mid-late November. From there, all gifts need to be delivered to their designated family resource center by noon on December 21st.

Please contact Natalie Anderson at 714-897-6670 ext 5310 or Email at

Host a Toy Drive
Hold a Toy Drive to provide toys or basic necessities to children in need. To hold a drive at your agency, Please download the  Toy Drive Form  and the  Toy Drive Suggestions  list. 

For more information, Please contact Kristin Kvesic at 714-897-6670 ext 3604 or Email at  .

Physical or Virtual Food Drive
You can help make the holiday so much brighter by joining the OC Food Bank to provide holiday meals to low-income families. Host a food drive with your fellow employees, congregation, neighborhood, or group of friends. You can host a physical food drive and/or a virtual food drive.

Physical Food Drive
This is a great way of getting People/Organizations involved in Helping Others and is a perfect addition to a Virtual food drive. We will Drop-Off and Pick-Up the containers so you don't have to. Please download the  Physical Food Drive Form and the  Food Drive Suggestions list. 

For more information, please contact  Kristin Kvesic at or call  714-897-6670 ext. 3604.

Virtual Food Drive
A virtual food drive allows you and your group to conveniently donate online. Your group can have a personalized website where you can donate from anywhere on any day of the year. This is a great addition to a physical food drive. Please download the  Virtual Food Drive Form  

For more information, please contact  Kathy Ashkins  at or call 714-897-6670 ext. 3151.

Provide a Holiday Turkey
As you start to plan for your family's holiday celebrations, please think about all of the families who won't be able to put food on their table this season. Unfortunately, the OC Food Bank does not have enough turkeys for those who walk through our doors this holiday. Everyone deserves to celebrate the season and provide a holiday meal for their family PLEASE consider making a $20 donation to purchase a turkey for a hungry family, or buy a 'flock of turkeys' to feed more than one family. We need your help more than ever this holiday season and we are grateful for anything you can provide.

Share the Harvest
Share the Harvest marked 10 years in which the PIMCO Foundation provided $300,000 towards the funding to fill 12,000 food boxes assembled on Saturday, December 2nd 2017 at the OC Fair grounds.  Nearly all the food boxes were handed out the following Monday to organizations that distribute them to people in need. 
  Click here to view photos from the event!

Karate Program
Our Karate Club program enrolls over 50 students of all ages from neighborhoods surrounding the El Modena FRC in Orange with a focus in low-income, at risk youth.

 Karate Club is a free-of-cost program that is offered year-round and meets three days per week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Two qualified instructors trained and ranked in the Gensei Ryu style teach participants tradition Japanese karate in a safe and controlled class. Both instructors are licensed as tournament officials by the USA Karate Federation, which is recognized by the US Olympic Committee and the Pan American Karate Federation. 

 The training that students receive allows them to compete in local traditional karate tournaments, where they have the opportunity to showcase their newly-acquired skills. Our program hosts an annual Karate tournament to help raise money that is used throughout the year to purchase equipment, uniforms, supplies, and underwrite our students' attendance at other tournaments and seminars. If you would like to donate to the Karate Program please click here

Whole Foods Campaign
We are happy to announce that through the Feeding Local Families campaign in partnership with Whole Foods, we were able to raise $5,510 to donate towards the OC Food Bank. Thank you, Whole Foods!

Westminster High's agricultural program isn't just educating students about horticulture, livestock and equipment.  It's also putting food on the tables of those who need it most.

This year, eight acres of farmland adjacent to the campus have been re-branded as The Giving Farm as part of a unique initiative that's providing students with hands-on agricultural lessons while cultivating fresh produce for families in need.

The program represents a partnership between Westminster High, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, the Orange County Farm Bureau and the Orange County Food Bank, which boasts a network of approximately 400 local charities, soup kitchens and community organizations.

In addition to growing three types of squash - butternut, spaghetti and acorn - The Giving Farm produces some impressive watermelons, which were being harvested by students during a recent visit from  OCDE's Media Services team. Click here to watch their brief video.

OC Register Article:  8 acres, 375 partners and 87,500 pounds of produce: The Giving Farm in Orange County sends food from farm to tables of the needy

La Colonia Market Ribbon Cutting
Community Action Partnership of Orange County (in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank) is proud to announce the launch of their new Permanent School Pantry: La Colonia Market located in the Anaheim Independencia Family Resource Center.

The mission of the School Pantry Program is to help alleviate child hunger in America through the provision of food to children and their families. School Pantries are located on the grounds of a school or community-based organization, intended to provide a more readily accessible source of food assistance to low-income children and their families.

School Pantry is a Feeding America Program model, adopted and tailored by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (SHFBOC) to best reach the needs of the community. SHFBOC launched its first permanent School Pantry (the "Lion's Den") in September 2015 at Lincoln Elementary in Anaheim, and its second ("Mercado El Sol") in April 2017 at El Sol Science & Arts Academy in Santa Ana.

Energy and Environmental Services 
Staff/Client Testimonials
I had recently been released from the hospital to come home to outstanding bills, and currently my wife is on hospice and is terminally ill. Having the Weatherization staff come and assess my home really gave me a positive outlook. It was nice to know people cared enough to help me with my home and to simply listen to me. The staff was simply stellar, had great energy, and personalities. I wanted to give a big thank you to Kanielle and Thai for all their hard work.

Client: Ryan R.

Vicky is an elderly client with sever arthritis whose furnace was not operating properly. She received a new space heater and furnace right around the holidays so she could be warm and cozy during the cold winter months. Vicky was very grateful to have heat and sent a thank you Easter card to her outreacher, Walter.

Staff: Sally Andreatta

Client names are changed to protect their identity. 
Shopper Giving Programs: 
Another Way to Contribute

Did you know that while you are shopping online you could also be making a contribution to Community Action Partnership and our OC Food Bank?  Please search by our name and/or Tax ID (95-2452787) to find us on:

AmazonSmile: Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible items.
eScrip: At stores such as Bristol Farms, Lazy Acres, etc., as well as its online mall.
Ralphs/Food 4 Less:

Ethona is a women's athletic wear company that strives to promote positive change in the world. 10% of their profits are donated to partners to actively fight Human Trafficking. They have generously offered to help support CAPOC through the rest of 2017.
More and more stores and credit cards are developing these giving programs benefiting non-profits, so when in doubt, please search for us!  These contributions are another valuable way you help Community Action Partnership of Orange County and our OC Food Bank help people and change lives.

Year End Giving
To help sustain the great work we do for our communities in need, please consider a year-end, tax deductible gift to  Community Action Partnership of Orange County or our OC Food Bank.

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