OCO Helping Farms Feed Families - cultivated in May of 2010 as a program of the Orange Coast Optimist Club to help distribute excess produce grown by small farms to local food pantries that in turn help families in need. Fresh produce provides a nutritious addition to the canned goods that are usually distributed through food pantries, and in 2011, with the help of 500 community volunteers, Helping Farms Feed Families was able to glean 30,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to help feed more than 15,000 families.
Helping Farms Feed Families looks forward to expanding its gleaning program to include more local farms and pantries, families and volunteers, and to make the "Walk the Farm" an annual event in support of the courageous farmers in Japan whose dedication in the face of ongoing tenuous conditions continues to be an inspiration to the world.
- Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive
- Hy-lond Home Christmas Party
- OCO Easter Pary
- Walk the Farm