The fall season is here and with Thanksgiving coming up, you might be looking for ways to support local families in your neighborhood!
One of our favorite partners here at Lion’s Heart, is the Second Harvest Food Bank, whose mission is to completely eradicate hunger in its communities. Second Harvest has many locations throughout the United States. In Orange County, CA Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is one of the largest nonprofit hunger relief organization and is leading the fight against hunger. It is also a member of Feeding America, a nationwide hunger-relief network of 200 food banks. According to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County’s website, it “has distributed more than 418 million pounds, or the equivalent of 354 million meals, to a network of more than 200 local charities like church and school pantries, senior centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Kids Cafes, and shelters for abused women and children” since its founding.
Second Harvest Food Bank’s goal of ending hunger in its communities is extremely important. In America, despite being one of the largest food production countries in the world, 1 out of 6 people face hunger, which is about 40 million people. Most of the hungry are the working poor who are unable to provide for their entire family or seniors who simply cannot make ends meet. To achieve their goal of helping the hungry, “Second Harvest Food Bank reaches out to the community for donations, grants, fundraising, food drives, food rescue, harvesting and volunteers to help provide food, education and advocacy for the hungry.” They have programs such as Meals for Kids, Groceries for Seniors, and Fresh Food for Families and Individuals to ensure that they reach as many people as possible.
How can you help eradicate hunger? Check if there’s a Second Harvest Food Bank near you or view your Lion’s Heart volunteer opportunity calendar. Plus, you can also connect with local food pantries, churches, schools, and other organizations (especially those in partnership with Feeding America) in your area to host a drive of your own!
By volunteering your time, you can make a huge difference for a family in need.
Special thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank, their staff, and all volunteers who work extremely hard to make sure every family can enjoy a healthy and warm meal.
Written by Audrey Xia – Lion’s Heart Intern and Blogger Audrey is a devoted Lion’s Heart volunteer and a passionate writer. If she’s not volunteering, writing, or playing soccer, you can probably catch her rocking out to some new music or eating Asian snacks.