Every Tuesday a dedicated group of people unbeknownst to many come and sort the food that You Are Special gives out every single Wednesday to the low income, working poor, homeless and just plain struggling in Orange and the surrounding cities of Santa Ana, El Modena, Anaheim, Tustin and Villa Park. They sort the food that many grocery stores such as Trader Joe’s, Albertson’s, Pacific Ranch Market, Ralph’s, Chipotle and even Starbucks donates and gives to us, a little ole food pantry in this wonderful city of Orange. A city that many think is just a bubble in Orange County. We are surrounded by wealth but beneath the surface are those that struggle especially during this time and season of economic hardship.
Well, this week we had a wonderful new fresh company start up, come and volunteer to help sort the food out for tomorrow, Dura Doggie . Elaine contacted me and asked how they could help us, so we told them. Their company spent several hours listening to our stories, sorting fruits and vegetables, bread, unloading heavy boxes and became part of the organization for a day.
Thank you Dura Doggie for being so generous in supporting YAS with your time and hard work!
- Neighbors who give to food pantries (covenantlifechristianchurchyas.wordpress.com)
- Souper Bowl of Caring Helps Metro Food Pantry (fox4kc.com)
- Canned Food Drives in Chicago (apartmentguide.com)
- Cascade Food Pantry (epicgranola.wordpress.com)
- Mother Jones Food Pantry Needs Hundreds Of Toys For Holiday Party (chicago.cbslocal.com)
- Exchange Club of Sebastian donates to the Ecumenical Food Pantry (tcpalm.com)
- A Mobile Food Pantry in a ‘Food Desert’ (nytimes.com)
Hard working older adults are also needing help in our food pantry. We are now supporting MercyHouse, and elderly home program for low income seniors. Food is getting to be very expensive and even if you make a fairly reasonable salary, how can you pay for the food? We are very blessed in that we can give some organic fruits, vegetables and even meat from Trader Joe’s, one of our main donators. All the people who receive food from us are very thankful! So are we to be able to give it out.
- Many older adults scramble to pay for food – USATODAY.com (covenantlifechristianchurchyas.wordpress.com)
- AutoTrader.com’s Drive Away Hunger Campaigns in Atlanta and Chicago Raise More Than $80,000 and Collect Over 25,000 Pounds of Food (prnewswire.com)
- Japan’s First Food Bank: Applying Japanese Efficiency to the Problem of Hunger (japansubculture.com)
- Food bank challenge recuits 20 participants (cbc.ca)
Now this is a very creative way to work and it actually is Scriptural for those who have been thieves, burglars or robbers.
In Ephesians 4:28, “Let him who stole steal no longer but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need.”
Supporting those in need with food donated to a food bank, helps many. This actually helps three groups, the prisoners to work and give back, supports a community instead of government funds and the prison itself to teach and train in agriculture. This is a weak area in our nation with Monsanto trying to take over.
Good job Maryland.
As a food bank in Orange, we are constantly wanting and needing to stock healthy food for the families, specifically the children. If you want to donate to our organization, please bring fresh fruits and vegetables as well as whatever you feel we could use. We are very thankful for anything that comes our way.