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Our OC Food Bank is making sure low-income residents have their most basic need, food. We alleviate hunger and malnutrition by distributing food to nearly 400 local charities, soup kitchens, and community organizations. We provide nutrient-rich foods to seniors in monthly food boxes, help clients enroll into qualifying federal food programs, provide elementary-aged students with monthly bags of fresh produce, and answer requests for emergency food assistance. 2016-05-17 21:55:19 GMT 2016-05-23 13:00:00 (GMT -08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) Yes (click here to learn more about ) Closed 3 3 0 direct invitation(s) have been sent by the voice seeker resulting in 0 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far. Voice123 SmartCast is seeking 10 auditions and/or proposals for this project (approx.) Invitations sent by SmartCast have resulted in 3 audition(s) and/or proposal(s) so far.
Disneyland Resort has been working with CAPOC and the OC Food Bank since the early 1990’s. They have broken the OC Food Bank’s record of most food boxes packed in a single day several times during their years of services. They have provided significant financial support to our Family Resource Centers, our OC Food Bank, and our Backpacks 4 Success programs. Disneyland continues to participate in Canstruction and National Family Volunteer Day, raising awareness for the Food Bank's fight to end hunger. Along with monetary and volunteer support, Disneyland also donates a significant amount of merchandise and Disneyland tickets to the low-income children active at our Family Resource Centers. Disneyland imagined that we could be a bigger and better organization and they have invested in this reality, expanding our capacity to serve the community.
South Coast Plaza has been a partner of Community Action Partnership and the OC Food Bank for many years, supporting our annual Race to Heal Hunger event, our fall wine event, and has been the primary location of CanSculptures for the annual Canstruction event. Coming from humble beginnings on their 20 acre lima bean farm, the Segerstrom family have contributed to fight poverty in our community for decades. In most recent years, South Coast Plaza has supported anti-hunger initiatives and helped provide food for thousands of families struggling to meet their most basic needs. In addition, through their leadership in the community, they have helped connect CAPOC to many generous donors who have taken interest in the mission or the organization and have contributed in numerous ways.
Wells Fargo’s vision and values states that “we are only as strong as the communities we serve” and backs that up with continual support to CAPOC and the OC Food Bank through foundation grants, volunteer hours, and board leadership. They are leading the way as a model for other national companies to support local initiatives. Wells Fargo participates in National Family Volunteer Day (first with 150 spots and now up to 300). They have shown their dedication to providing healthy and nutritious food to Orange County’s low-income residents by becoming one of the first funders for our Tina-Pacific Community Garden in Stanton, as wells as supporting the OC Food Bank’s Farm2Kids initiatives. Their support over the past decade has changed the lives of Orange County’s poor by providing CAPOC with financial resources to provide hope and positive change to our community.
The Disney VoluntEARS are one of Orange County’s largest volunteer groups and one of the first consistent volunteer groups of the OC Food Bank dating back 25 years. The VoluntEARS participate at National Family Volunteer Day each year and on an ongoing quarterly basis. In fact, National Family Volunteer Day was their original idea and they convinced the OC Food Bank to hold it as an annual event. Each time they volunteer, they bring well over 100 individuals and often more than 200. As a group, they are competitive and quite serious about beating their own record as well as other groups for the number of boxes packed. They have also raised funds and assembled backpacks of school supplies for us. Many of their members donate to us throughout the year and attend our fundraising events.
Boeing employees, through the Employees Community Fund, were very instrumental in the success of Community Action Partnership in 2015. Boeing acts upon their belief that they play a significant role in the local community beyond their performance as a corporation. For the last few years Boeing has participated in our Backpacks4Success campaign, and they held an in-house school supply drive along with a virtual drive. Wanting to involve their employees in a volunteer project, local employees (along with some of their colleagues visiting from out-of-state) spent a day at Anaheim Independencia rehabilitating the exercise room with a fresh coat of paint and patching up some minor repairs on the walls. As there were more volunteers than work to be done in the exercise room, they also helped back Farm2Family bags and other activities at the family resource center.
The Fresh Produce and Floral Council (FPFC), made up of professionals from all sectors of the produce and floral industries, has supported the OC Food Bank for over a decade. The members of the FPFC believe in their role of sharing their successes and helping make the produce industry stronger for the benefit of all of the community. Through their membership of growers and distributors, the OC Food Bank receives thousands of pounds of donated fresh produce each year. Not only do they provide produce to the Food Bank during their membership luncheons, but they raise money through their annual Holiday Luncheon and Charity Auction. FPFC contributes editorial and advertising in Fresh DIGEST to the OC Food Bank. They continue to fund the OC Food Bank’s Farm 2 Families program providing fresh produce for families.
On the second Saturday in May, letter carriers with the U.S. Postal Service pick up donated goods from millions of porches and doorsteps. The door-to-door effort is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. In 2015, letter carriers participated on a voluntary basis and collected 207,761 pounds of food to benefit the OC Food Bank. NALC suggests to donors that each bag of food should provide a meal for a family in need. This food drive, not only collects the OC Food Bank’s largest amount of food in one day, it also raises much needed awareness regarding food insecurity in Orange County. NALC reminds Orange County neighborhoods that the people who need help are working families, the elderly, and children. The NALC Food Drive began with, and has continued to work toward, a singular goal to change the lives of hungry Orange County residents.
For the past 25 years, A.G. Kawamura has been a long standing and generous donor of fruits and vegetables to the OC Food Bank with up to 5 million pounds of produce donate. As a member of the OC Hunger Coalition he has always been an advocate of the OC Food Bank and created the Incredible Edible garden in the Irvine Great Park. A.G. is a third generation Orange County farmer and is Co-Owner of Orange County Produce. A.G. is a globally recognized expert on progressive agricultural practices and has served on the Board of Directors of several professional associations. A.G. is Co-Chair of Solutions from the Land and Board Member of Western Growers Association, among others. A.G. served as U.S. Secretary of Food and Agriculture for the State of California during the administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Cheryl Vargo has represented the interests of the community for many years in her role as Community Benefit Manager at Kaiser Permanente. As an advocate for obesity prevention programs through Kaiser’s focus initiatives, Cheryl supported us in our concept of creating a community garden in Stanton, which received funding from Kaiser. In addition, Cheryl has organized food, book, and toy drives benefiting CAPOC at Kaiser’s conferences for their employees. In 2016, she has already organized a children’s book drive benefiting CAPOC that collected 588 books for local low-income kids. Lastly, Cheryl has been a resource to nonprofits and foundations in Southern California advising them on ways to maximize their reach and help bring awareness to underrepresented focus areas in Orange County that are not commonly addressed, such as substance abuse and suicide.
Jo-Pledge and Mike Mustoe created the Japan Karate Do Gensei Ryu - Marutani Dojo Program at CAPOC's El Modena Family Resource Center. In the past three years, they have dedicated more than 2,000 hours of volunteer work, and taught more than 60 youth, focusing on keeping them healthy and active. Because of their hard work and dedication, Jo and Mike are seen as role models that have earned the respect of both youth and parents. They have made positive change in our community by teaching youth respect, responsibility and dedication. Talks of college, work ethic and leadership are common themes for participants of the Karate Program. This program is making local youth more confident and mindful of their community. We continue to be inspired by their commitment, enthusiasm, and perseverance to improve the lives of so many kids in our community.
Sarah Middleton, Executive Director of the PIMCO Foundation and VP of Global Corporate Citizenship, has led PIMCO’s non-profit endeavors for the past 9 years. Sarah developed PIMCO’s employee volunteer program and related corporate responsibility initiatives. Sarah helped establish the Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County, the Women on Boards Program, and the Orange County Homeless Funders Collaborative. Sarah also helped create Share the Harvest, the holiday-time event that produces 16,000 food boxes benefiting those served by the OC Food Bank. In doing so, Sarah has substantially elevated the OC Food Bank’s visibility in the local philanthropy community. Both Sarah and PIMCO have received several awards in recognition of their charitable work. In 2015, she was named one of Orange County’s “100 Most Influential” by the OC Register.
As Mayor, Tom Tait continues to be a champion and advocate for CAPOC and the OC Food Bank. He has served on our events committees, worked with us to make it easier to host events on Anaheim city land, made speeches about the importance of our work, and worked with Waste Not OC to support the elimination of local hunger. Most recently, Tait has been leading efforts to make Anaheim a “city of kindness". Among the noteworthy endeavors is the Million Acts of Kindness program launched in the Anaheim City School District. This brought the Dalai Lama to Orange County to speak about the importance of kindness in our communities. This initiative inspired Senator Janet Nguyen’s State of Kindness effort, where she brought hundreds of volunteers to the OC Food Bank. In 2015, CAPOC engaged in its own kindness campaign attracting interest from many individuals and corporations.
Canstruction Orange County has been partnering with the OC Food Bank since 2008 to creatively end local hunger. Canstruction starts with just one can to feed the hungry, lift the spirit, and change the world. In 2015, the Design/Build Competition brought together nineteen local architectural, engineering, and design teams to create phenomenal structures built entirely out of canned food. At the completion of the 2015 exhibition, the collection of 85,991 cans along with significant monetary donations, allowed the OC Food Bank to provide approximately 527,660 meals to low-income residents. The Canstruction teams and board raise awareness about local hunger to the million residents who visit South Coast Plaza (and now ARTIC) in September, in conjunction with the Festival of Children. Canstruction changes lives by making sure our residents don’t go hungry.
In 2015, Kingston Technology worked with the OC Food Bank to provide at-risk students at Oak View Elementary (Huntington Beach) with boxes of food for the holidays. Kingston paid for all of the food boxes and their employees spent three days packing more than 680 boxes that were delivered to grateful families in December. Included in the boxes were cereal, tuna, peaches, mixed fruit, corn, peanut butter, apple juice, rice, pinto beans, mac and cheese, shelf stable milk, and the newest set of headphones from Kingston with functions to help the kids learn languages. Kingston created this event as part of CAPOC’s 2015 Kindness Counts campaign. They were inspired to create a better Orange County, and they did by helping hundreds of children and their families stay food secure over the holiday season.
More than 750 PIMCO employee volunteers and family members gather every year to pack 16,000 boxes with a holiday meal for less fortunate families. All 16,000 food boxes are donated to the OC Food Bank, and benefits nearly all of our 375 member agencies. Each year the number of PIMCO volunteers and financial donations grows, as does the beneficial impact on our local communities. In 2015, the PIMCO Foundation and PIMCO employees donated significant monetary gifts in order to pack more food boxes and feed even more hungry families during the holiday season. The PIMCO Foundation has also provided grants that allowed us to create programs that work to increase food security in low-income, vulnerable Orange County neighborhoods. PIMCO’s continued dedication to alleviate hunger in OC has positively impacted the lives of thousands of local families.
Shimmick Construction in Irvine continues to amaze the OC Food Bank with their generosity each holiday season. Shimmick Construction hosts the OC Food Bank’s most successful Virtual Food Drive each holiday as a competition with their Oakland office. The company is a huge advocate for the Virtual Drive and motivates employees to give generously. There were thousands of families throughout Orange County who benefitted from their 2015 drive. Shimmick’s dedication as a company that cares, illustrates their leadership capabilities in Orange County. Shimmick chose to do a virtual food drive instead of a traditional food drive because it is the greenest (and easiest for competitions) of all food drives. They also considered that their donations through a virtual food drive would allow the Food Bank to purchase our most-needed items!
Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation is not only one of the best fundraising events in the country, it is simply one of the best events for any foodie out there. For the past 6 years, Taste of the Nation Orange County has gathered the nation's hottest chefs and mixologists to donate their time and talent to raise the critical funds needed to end childhood hunger in America. Nationally, Share our Strength is dedicated to ending childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. These programs implement solutions that break down the barriers that keep kids from healthy food. The No Kid Hungry campaign works to shine a national spotlight on the crisis of childhood hunger in America, creating a powerful movement of individuals committed to bold action.
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