Orange County Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that uses biblical principles to aid those in need, reports today that it is experience a major shortage in key staples for its food boxes for the hungry. Among the items the mission provides to Orange County's homeless and impoverished families are cereal, peanut butter, jelly and canned tuna.
"The need is tremendous," says Jim Palmer, the mission's president, "and as the recession deepens, the number of families coming to us for help to meet their basic needs continues to grow at an alarming rate."
The mission distributed more than 84,100 meals to families in need over a six-month period.
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Now, the mission is asking those in a position to help to donate so that families living in cars, motels and on the street--as well as its four live-in facilities--can have their basic needs met.
"The face of homelessness in Orange County and around the country is not what people once perceived it to be," Palmer says. "These are very difficult times in our country and the people who need our assistance now are often those who once donated their money and time to our organization. These are families with young children struggling to get back on their feet and we need the community to come together and donate what they can to help us provide basic essentials to our neighbors in need."
Besides food, diapers, baby wipes and laundry detergent are always needed. Donations are accepted at the Village of Hope warehouse in Tustin 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Call (714) 247-4300 or visit www.rescuemission.org for more information.