The Irvine community was invited to participate in the Irvine Neighbors Helping Irvine Neighbors drive-through food collection held on Saturday, June 6th, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The event was a voluntary food drive hosted by the non-profit organization Families Forward.
Families Forward is an Irvine organization dedicated to helping low-income families and the homeless. The organization aims to help families maintain their self-sufficiency through housing, food, counseling, education and other support services.
Donation collections were located in the Irvine Civic Center and Orange County Great Park
Local residents have also partnered with Families Forward due to the increasing requests for assistance. Neighbors in Irvine City donated and volunteered in preparation for this event. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Families Forward has indicated that requests for food aid have increased sharply.
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) increase in emergency household benefits has reached $ 2.0 billion per month to help increase food security during the national coronavirus emergency.
“These are unprecedented times for American families facing unemployment and starvation. USDA is increasing SNAP benefits by 40% to ensure low-income people have enough food to feed themselves and their families during this national emergency, “said Secretary Perdue. “It is an important part of President Trump’s response to the coronavirus across America to ensure that all households receive the maximum SNAP benefit allowed.”
The most needed items are as follows:
- Pasta Sauce & Dried Noodles
- peanut butter
- Rice (1 lb or 2 lb bag)
- Baby wipes
- Canned Chicken or Tuna
- Canned beans
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruits
The event was manned by Families Forward volunteers and was held in a drop-and-go style. Objects were removed from the trunk of the vehicles in order to comply with social distancing instructions. The participants had to stay in their vehicles.
“We don’t just offer support. We provide the tools for families to become independent, productive residents of the community again, ”the organization said.
To make a financial donation to Families Forward, visit their website here.
Families Forward can be contacted at (949) 552-2727 or [email protected]
Sarah Kim is an intern at City News for the spring quarter of 2020. She can be reached at [email protected].