West Coast Challengers spent the morning volunteering at the Orange County Food Bank in Garden Grove, CA.

Club members met up around the corner and then caravanned over to the food bank together, rolling in around 8:00 a.m. After a quick check-in, club members were introduced to the food bank and about their mission to provide less fortunate families and the elderly who may be faced with choosing between a roof over their head, medicine and even food. The Orange County Food Bank hopes that by at least by providing food to those persons, that one worrisome decision need not be made so that their quality of life may be improved that much more.

After introduction to the food bank, club members were escorted to the assembly area where each was assigned a specific task. Basically we formed an assembly line. Some were assigned to keep product moving to the assembly line while others we charged with putting their specific food item into the box and sending the box on down the line to the next person and finally to the end where the box would be sealed and stacked on a pallet.

Working at an unbelievably furious and non-stop basis for several hours, club members were able to pack more than a thousand individual boxes of food for our community residents. It was an intensive workout and when we walked out of the food bank, not a single club member was without sweat soaked clothes.

The club was complimented several times by the food bank on our work ethic and production numbers which gave everyone a real sense of pride. Never before had we all been so proud to be a member of West Coast Challengers than today. Kudos to all of the club members who volunteered and gave it their all so that others less fortunate than us may find some solace in not having to worry about food this month.

After spending the morning volunteering at the food bank, club members caravanned over to Perry’s Pizza in Garden Grove, CA, where the club members ordered everything from pizza by the slice and sandwiches to pasta dishes and salads. Great food and the owner had even gone to trouble to bring on extra help in anticipation of our arrival. We will certainly be returning soon.

More pictures from our day of volunteering can be found in our club photo gallery.

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If you or your group would like to volunteer at the food bank, please contact the Orange County Food Bank for more information. As with any charitable organization, the food bank also accepts monetary donations.

  1. I want to thank the members of West Coast Challengers for your help in assembling food boxes for children from low-income families and seniors on August 4, 2012. You were successful in packaging 1,040 food boxes that day.

    You are invited to return to the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), to assist with the work of feeding those in need at your convenience. We make arrangements to remain open through the late afternoon/early evening and on most Saturdays to accommodate volunteer groups such as West Coast Challengers.

    CAPOC’S Orange County Food Bank provides food to over 375 social services agencies throughout Orange County and assists 1,400 people directly each day as well. If you would be interested in exploring future opportunities for volunteer service, please feel free to contact us.

    It was a pleasure having you at CAPOC’S Orange County Food Bank. Your entire group was enthusiastic and hard working and we are encouraged to see groups like yours placing such a high priority on helping others. Thank you again and we hope to see you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Mark Lowry, Director
    CAPOC’S Orange County Food Bank

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