Food Security and Hunger

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2014

    3 Orange County Wedding Tales: Something Bold, Something Donated, Some Things Stolen

    Call this a tale of three recent Orange County weddings and, fittingly, we'll start with the one that has a life at stake.

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    Orange County CAN Turn Around Its Shameful Childhood Hunger Statistics

    What does Orange County have in common with Los Angeles, New York, Houston and Chicago? Well, besides whatever it is you filled in the blank, O to the C is among the top 10 counties or metropolitan areas in the entire United States where food insecurity is most rampant for those under the age of 18. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2014

    Pot Celebrity "Bong Rip" Rips Off Soup Kitchen, Celebrates On YouTube

    Remember Bong Rip? He's the curly-haired Harpo Marx lookalike from Huntington Beach who likes to post streaming videos of himself smoking weed in his limousine. The last time we wrote about him, he forgot to show up for court after being cited for--you guessed it--smoking weed in his limousine. (A ... More >>

  • Calendar

    October 31, 2013

    Auntie Mame

    Regency South Coast Village

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    May 16, 2013

    Foodies and Fashionistas

    District at Tustin Legacy

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Christina Aguilera And Yum! Brands Team Up To Fight Hunger. Seriously?

    See Also:*Miley Cyrus Calls Anaheim Resident a "Fucking Creep" on Twitter*Our Top List of Opening DJ Codes, Laminated and Posted Backstage at the Yost for all Newbs to See*Top Five Musical Impressions From Comedian Pablo FranciscoIn what could be labeled as a cruel twist in irony or an amazing coinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Hunger Games: Food Insecurity Spikes in County, State

    If noodles, beanie-weenies and powdered milk have been the staples of your diet the last few years, you're not alone.Roughly 379,000 adults in Orange County struggled to put adequate food on the table during the Great Recession, according to a study released Monday by the UCLA Center for Health ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Benefit: Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach

    ​Foodies will get a chance this year to do more than take photos of their lunch and post them on Facebook. Tickets sales to Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation at Montage Laguna Beach will benefit local outreaches such as Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Second Harvest Oran ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    The Hunger Games Help End Hunger

    ​I recently tweeted, "Just got tossed out of the long line for The Hunger Games for bringing in food." Had I been serious, and not hopped up on snark balls, I would have discovered that would be perfectly acceptable starting today if I was holding canned food and the long line I was in led into Ul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    (Government) Cheesey Orange County: OC Second in State With Number of Adults Who Are "Food Insecure"

    ​According to the latest California Health Interview Survey, Orange County has the second-most number of low-income adults in the state who are food insecure - defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "limited or uncertain availability of traditionally adequate and safe foods".  Presu ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011
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    November 11, 2011

    Weekend Guide: British Beer Fest, Persimmon Party, Free Tacos If It Rains

    Flickr user Gary Soup​Warm up with good eats this weekend.    TONIGHT Positive Plate's A Taste of Fall What: As reported by Shuji, this premier event features sustainable dishes prepared by top local chefs from Haven Gastropub, Avanti Cafe, Sol Cocina, Taco Asyum, Sage, Duke's, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    A Taste of Fall Event Features Sustainable Menu

    ​ This Friday, 11/11/11 from 7 to 11 p.m., presents a special event featuring sustainable dishes prepared by some of our top local chefs. Haven Gastropub, Avanti Cafe, Sol Cocina, Taco Asyum, Sage, Duke's, Xanh Bistro, and Haute Cakes are those expected to serve signature s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Poor Muppet to Debut on Sesame Street

    ​Sesame Street announced that a new, "poverty-stricken Muppet" will talk about hunger struggles on Sesame Street. Named Muppet Lily, her family deals with "food insecurity,"  and will part of a prime-time special with country singer Brad Paisley and his wife Kimberly Williams Paisle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Ed Royce: Let 'Em Eat . . . Nothing--Wants to Cut Food Assistance to North Korea

    Yo, Kim, serve ketchup on your cardboard​Journalists can always count on Orange County politicians to say something sensational on slow news days.For example, Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) recently opined to Iraqis that they should pay the U.S. for all of the costs of the invasion and occupation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    A Few Top Chef Masters to Gather in Laguna Beach's Montage Resort for Charity Dinner

    Share Our Strength​Psst, got a spare $150 to blow? On May 22nd, 2011, Montage Laguna Beach will host Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, the charity that hopes to eliminate childhood hunger in our country. And for the price, you will get to eat cuisine prepared by some heavy hitters, two o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    New Campaign Seeks to Raise $50K for Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

    ​To many Orange County residents, December means wearing more than one layer of clothing, frequent shopping trips to South Coast Plaza or Fashion Island, a warm fireplace to sit by, and a heart-filled Christmas dinner. But what this picturesque image often covers up is the rise in empty stomac ... More >>

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    November 25, 2010
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    October 21, 2010

    OC Zombie Walk

    Triangle Square

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    October 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Marc B. Releases 'Mr. American' on World Food Program Benefit

    Jackie Connor/OC Weekly​More formally known as Marc Beauregard, Marc B. delivers a smooth surfy acoustic sound, sans Dick Dale's bright guitar riffs. Although his EP, The Yellow Jelly, was released in 2006, he's brought Maxx Farris on percussion and Yoni Berk on bass and ukulele to bring a variety ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Someone Cares Soup Kitchen Fetes Wahoo's Fish Taco Founders and Their Mom

    ​The building on 19th Street in Costa Mesa that for 14 years has housed the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen was previously a Chinese restaurant run by So Ching Lee, whose sons Wing Lam, Ed Lee and Mingo Lee would go on to create the Wahoo's Fish Taco empire.Based on that simple handshake deal between M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    This Friday: Share Our Strength's "Taste of the Nation Orange County "

    Photo by Share Our Strength​ This Friday, Share Our Strength's annual "Taste of The Nation" is being held at the The Island Hotel Newport Beach.  100% of the ticket sales goes to the charity, which helps to fight childhood hunger in America.  See the details and the participating ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2009

    Orange County's Food Banks Need You!

    mwparenteau @ CC BY-NC-SA 2.0​We talk a lot about great places to eat, both cheap and not, and about farmers' markets and food trends (cupcakes, the guy with the hook is standing just off-stage...) and where to get the very best this or that, but not everyone has the luxury of being abl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    [UPDATED:] Deadline Looms in Quest to Raise $40,000 in 40 Days for Soup Kitchen

    ​The clock is ticking on a local businessman's campaign to raise $40,000 in 40 days for the Someone Cares Soup Kitchen in Costa Mesa.UPDATE: The campaign goes out with a bang as hundreds of volunteers are expected to work alongside such community leaders as Anton Segerstrom, Wahoo's Wing Lam, Edua ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    Poverty-Relief Demand Grows, But So Does "Purposeful Giving"

    ​On a local television newscast this week, Karen McGlinn, executive director of the Costa Mesa-based Share Our Selves (SOS) poverty relief nonprofit, said demand for assistance has jumped 50 percent since the beginning of the year. Heading into its 40th year--SOS was started in 1970 by a small gro ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 19, 2009

    Turkey Trot

    Corner of Dana Point Harbor Dr. and Golden Lantern

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Pumpkin Giveaway at the Great Park Tomorrow

    Wikicommons​Sure, the Irvine Great Park may seem like an inexorably stalled vanity project for Irvine's longtime political don. It may be tainted by scandals, and we may be a little suspicious about how soon and how well the $65 million dollar construction its board just approved will be executed. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2009

    The T-Plan Diet: Skip A Meal Today And Donate The Savings

    ​Started earlier this year by San Luis Obispo resident Tim Blair, the monthly "Twitter For Food" appeal is gaining momentum, thanks to the mega social networking site.Blair's request is simple: That we each skip a meal on the first of each month, and donate the cash we save to a worthy food-relate ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    July 16, 2009

    Great Park, Nearby Farms Produce 100 Tons of Food for Poor

    Anyone else have a craving for a fresh orange?The Orange County Great Park at the old El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is just getting started providing thrills, chills and paid-parking revenues, but farming has been continuing out there through it all--much to the benefit of the Orange County Food ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2009

    OC Food Bank Teams Up With New Foodie Site

    In its never-ending quest to inform Orange Countians what it is up to--and what they can do to help--Orange County Food Bank has partnered with a start-up website dedicated to connecting local eaters, restaurateurs and grocery stores.Started by foodie Anthony Bigos, the free online news service Food ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 7, 2009

    Number the Stars

    Laguna Playhouse

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Going Postal to Help Hungry Orange Countians

    When the postman drops letters, magazines and packages off at your Orange County home or business on Saturday, he or she is going to want something in return: food.To help combat a sharply increasing need for emergency food assistance, U.S. Postal Service letter carriers will seek donated food items ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2009

    Welcome to the Poorhouse: Relief Agencies Need Relief

    A big hole is ripping through the safety net, according to the Orange County Funders Roundtable, a coalition of local foundations that today released results of a countywide study that found 58 percent of responding nonprofits are facing declining revenues in 2009 and more than 66 percent are seeing ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2008

    Shout Wipes!

    Summer Food and Wine Festival

  • News

    January 13, 2005

    The Frugal Gourmet

    Costa Mesa soup-kitchen volunteer feeds families after brush with deportation

  • Features

    November 25, 2004
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    October 17, 2002

    Mr. Clean

    Deputy bids to white Costa Mesas wrongs