The Food Pantry provides a variety of nonperishable foods, fresh produce, fresh breads, dairy and meat products for our clients to take home and make nourishing meals for their families.
1,000 residents a month visit the Food Pantry
South County neighbors from all walks of life, every age and every ethnicity make up those in line for food each month. Child hunger is an ongoing issue in Orange County with 45% of our food pantry clients being children. Twenty percent of children attending school in South Orange County are receiving assistance paying for their lunch. Seniors living on fixed incomes are also facing challenging times, 15% of the clients needing extra food are over 65.
1,000,000 lbs. of food
We collect almost one million pounds of food every year from grocery stores, manufacturers, schools, businesses, religious organizations, individuals and other agencies. Food drives are an important source of food for us but many times our shelves are bare. Monetary donations fund our fresh food acquisitions to provide vegetables, fruit, milk and meat to local families in need.
Holiday meals and toys
1,500 families adopted during holidays with Thanksgiving meals and the fixings for December meals and toys.
A cash donation of $20 turns into $100 worth of food through our sources. In turn, we are able to purchase what is missing from our shelves and be diligent in our desire to provide more nutritional foods.
Client choice shopping
South County Outreach offers client choice shopping. Client choice is a model of emergency food distribution that families and individuals to select their own food, much like a grocery store. Unlike most pantries, which provide clients with fixed boxes or bags of food with no ability to select the items client choice gives people the ability to choose from a wide variety of foods, better enabling them to meet their needs.
The client choice model offers other advantages, including:
- A sense of dignity for clients and their families
- Higher satisfaction with the food they are able to choose
- Less waste due to diabetes, allergies, Celiac Disease, high blood pressure and other dietary restrictions
- Greater opportunities for volunteer and clients to interact; more social, supportive relationship opportunities
To visit the Food Pantry
Pantry hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Tuesday 12:30-3:30 p.m.
To receive Food Pantry services, clients must provide the following documentation:
- Photo ID for all of the adults in the home (e.g. driver’s license, passport, ID card).
- Identification for all other household members (e.g. identification card, school ID, birth certificate, Social Security card, passport, etc.).
- Proof of address (utility bill, phone bill, etc., with name, address and a date on the document.)
- Verification of all household income, if applicable (e.g. cash aid, food stamps, child support, pay stub, EDD check stub, Social Security award letter, etc.).
- Clients are able to visit the Food Pantry once a month.
For more information about food pantry services, please call (949) 380-8144, ext. 220.