Known to most as the sleepy, affluent community just south of Los Angeles, Orange County is not typically a location that comes to mind when considering food insecurity. But Silver & Wright LLP, along with the other supporters of Second Harvest Food Bank, which serves more than 300,000 people dealing with hunger in Orange County, know this is an oversight.
That’s why now, with even more families struggling with poverty and food insecurity due to the COVID-19 crisis, Silver & Wright has stepped up to help.
For the next three months, the firm is going to match donations to the Second Harvest Food Bank, up to $500 per month. These donations will provide critical support to the organization, which is already making major changes to its distribution and volunteer practices to avoid spreading the illness while feeding OC’s vulnerable population. Their current focus is purchasing enough shelf-stable foods – such as peanut butter, oatmeal, and potatoes – to see families through this period of uncertainty.
“No one should worry about going hungry in this day and age, especially here in Orange County where there is an abundance of resources,” says Founding Partner Matthew Silver. “There are many people suffering right now, and we want to do our part to help those with the greatest needs. I am honored that our firm has the opportunity to help.”
According to Second Harvest Food Bank’s website, each dollar donated helps to provide three meals to those in need. Meaning by the end of July, S&W will have supported as many as 4,500 meals.
“Every dollar counts, particularly right now when we are purchasing truckloads of shelf-stable food to feed local families in need,” says Claudia Keller, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Chief Mission Officer. “We’re so grateful to Silver & Wright for recognizing the need in their community and generously stepping up to help. Donations like theirs help us continue our mission to end hunger in Orange County.”
“It’s a difficult time and many people are struggling,” says Matt. “But now is when those in need truly need us most. I encourage anyone who is able to donate what they can. Getting to the other side of this situation needs to be a community effort.”
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Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is an independent 501 c3 corporation working to find innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger and to close the meal gap to reach their “Bold Goal” of providing food for all who need it in a convenient and dignified setting. They are a member of Feeding America, a nationwide hunger-relief network of 200 food banks. Since its founding, Second Harvest has distributed more than 446 million pounds, or the equivalent of 379 million meals, to a network of more than 300 community and program partners like church and school pantries, senior centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, Kids Cafes, and shelters for abused women and children.