OC Food Access Coalition acts as a catalyst to support and expand access to healthier food. We serve as the county's food policy council through a collective impact model. With our partners we work to define the gaps in services and resources that prevent healthy food access, and ultimately help define and implement sustainable solutions to hunger. Our programs and initiatives are designed to focus both on near-term solutions to address the current lack of access to healthy food, providing immediate relief to those in need, and long-term systemic change that will help establish critical policies, infrastructure, and partnerships to support a healthful and affordable food system for all Orange County residents.
Programs & Activities
Coalitions for Collective Impact: OCFAC has developed several broad and varied coalitions and work groups to address issues strategically for long-term solutions.
The Harvest Club:
This is a backyard gleaning program that redirects tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, excess produce from residential growers to low-income families through community based pantries, churches and soup kitchens.
Research & Education:
Staff, Interns and Partner organizations undertake the compilation of data to fill gaps in knowledge needed for the planning of effective local solutions and information is shared with officials who can implement policy and legislative change for long-term improvements and systems change.
Nutrition & Culinary Skills:
These programs provide cooking and nutrition education in order to contribute to improved health outcomes by helping families learn how to make healthy food choices, stretch their budgets and learn how to cook these items in their homes.
CA Food Policy Council:
OCFAC is a founding member of the CA Food Policy Council, which is a council of councils that works on regional and state-level food system priorities. We are part of the steering committee and make sure that the unique needs of OC community members are represented.
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