Who We Are

South County Outreach is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization dedicated to helping low-income individuals, families and seniors in crisis.

  • Since 1989, we have grown from a Food Pantry aiding a few families in need to a multi-service provider with a $3 million budget. Services include: food, housing, rental and utility assistance, homeless prevention coaching and counseling, and computer skills training.
  • We helped at-risk Orange County residents through 54,000 services including:
    • The receiving of 1,000,500 pounds of food and distribution of 825,700 pounds of fresh food.
    • $111,997 in rental and utility assistance in 2017.
  • MISSION: Preventing hunger and homelessness by helping people help themselves.
  • VISION: End Hunger – House Hope.
  • Our 1,987 volunteers logged 44,792 hours in 2017 – that is equivalent to more than 21 full-time employees, saving South County Outreach almost $500,000 in operational costs.
  • 89 cents of every dollar goes directly to client programs.
What We Do
  • Food Pantry: provided emergency non-perishable and fresh food to 2,000 residents per month.
  • Housing Program: housed 17 homeless families last year, helping them reach self-sufficiency and provided 20,805 bed nights.
  • Computer Learning Lab: provided 122 free classes to 225 students last year.
  • Homeless Prevention Program: 583 residents received rental and utility assistance in order to pre- vent homelessness.
  • Upscale Resale Thrift Store: 107,600 in-kind items were donated and 420 households were provided with clothing vouchers.
  • Seasonal Programs:
    • 1,900 individuals received holiday meals and children’s holiday toys.
    • 1,268 back-to-school backpacks were distributed to children last year.

Client Visits by City 2017

Who We Help
  • We serve homeless families, the underemployed, unemployed, seniors, veterans and other at-risk residents of South Orange County.
  • 39% of those we serve are children. 28% of those children are under the age of 6.
  • 11% of our clients are seniors. Of those who come to the food pantry every month of the year, 48% are seniors.
  • Our clients are from South Orange County, from Irvine to San Clemente and Laguna Beach to Rancho Santa Margarita.
  • 1 in 5 individuals in Orange County live below the poverty line. A minimum-wage worker makes only $20,000 a year and the average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $2,313 in South Orange County.
  • One in five children do not have enough to eat in Orange County. We provided 2,422 children with fresh food and 71 children with housing.
  • 62% of food pantry clients cannot pay their bills each month. We returned phone calls to 1,398 homes at risk of eviction in need of rental assistance or who had become homeless.
How You Can Help

Without the generous support of individuals, businesses, faith communities, schools, cities and community organizations, South County Outreach could not provide hope to those in crisis. Please help your neighbors in need by making a financial contribution, an in-kind donation of food or other supplies, or by serving as a volunteer.