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L&F x10 In The Orange County Register…

Posted on 30 July 2013 by robertflournoy

Published: July 8, 2013 Updated: 5:46 p.m.

Juric: Appreciation comes through volunteering

By PATTI JURIC / GUEST COLUMNIST

As parents, my husband and I are always reminding our children how appreciative they should be for having a roof over their head, food on the table and a stable and loving family to support them.

There are so many people out there who are not as fortunate.

That is why when a friend invited my two boys and me to go “gleaning” with her and her boys at the Great Park in Irvine, I jumped at the opportunity to help our children learn a valuable lesson about being appreciative for what they have.

Operated by a well-known, Orange County-based charity whose mission is to eliminate waste and hunger, these gleaning events are held in partnership with local farmers that allow the charity to pick the crops that remain after the initial crops are picked and sent to market. Rather than destroy the plants that appear too small or blemished, the charity works with farmers – with the help of volunteers from OC-based food bankskitchens and pantries – to harvest the remaining crops that are donated to feed families in need.

When we first arrived at the gleaning event early one Saturday morning, we weren’t sure what to expect, other than that we would be getting dirty while helping others. As we waited, the parking lot quickly filled with people of all ages and from all walks of life.

We were told we would be harvesting cabbage, to which I heard my boys say, “who would want to eat that?” Rather than answer them, I decided to ignore their comment, knowing that once we got to the field and got started, the boys would quickly understand.

While most of the volunteers were from specific church or community organizations, the six people in our group had no affiliation, so it was decided we would pick for the charity’s own food pantry.

For the next two hours, we worked our way down the neatly planted rows of cabbage, piling them up for the boys to carry back to the provided milk crates. The boys then went to work peeling away the leaves, stalk and blemished outer layers, placing the cabbage carefully in the crates. We made quick work and by the time we were finished, we had packed up 14 large milk crates filled to the brim.

While the boys marveled at how much cabbage we had picked, the real reward came when the charity informed us that the cabbage the six of us gleaned would feed 500 to 1,000 people. It was then that the message hit home and my own boys realized how many people in our own community go hungry each day – people just like them.

As we said our goodbyes and took a few pictures to document our hard work, the organizers gave each of the boys a small head of cabbage to take home.

Later that night we made chicken tacos using the cabbage from our gleaning trip, and when we finished eating, the boys both told me how great the cabbage tasted and how wrong they were to have not wanted it.

They also said how thankful they were to have been able to provide food for so many others – and asked when we could go gleaning again.

–Patti Juric is a 38-year member of the community, a wife, mother, professional copywriter,health care advocate and a 14-year cervical cancer survivor. She currently lives in Mission Viejo with her husband of 10 years and their three young children.

 

Orange County Register Link To Article…

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/boys-516091-cabbage-people.html

Link To Post On Website…

Busy and productive day on both farms this weekend…

 

 

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Picking oranges at the Orange County Ronald McDonald House Saturday 3rd from 9:am to 11:am

Posted on 28 July 2013 by robertflournoy

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We are looking for volunteers to help pick oranges and also to help rake up the rotten

oranges that have fallen on the ground from the orange trees.

 

Orange County Ronald McDonald House

383 South Batavia Street
Orange, California 92868

 

Saddleback Church volunteers from our last picking…

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Giving Children Hope volunteers…

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What’s needed:

Please make sure all volunteers sign the waivers before they come out this will help us to get to the fields faster.

Waiver… https://loavesandfishesx10.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Volunteer-Waiver-Form.pdf

 

Proper Clothing:

 

All volunteers must wear long sleeve shirts,pants, closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,

hat if you want to protect yourself from the heat and bring some water. All volunteers

must sign a waiver from the Ronald McDonald House as well when you get to the house.

 

NOTE... Bring goggles to protect your eyes from tree branches and fallen particles from the tree.

Oranges are mostly high in the tree be sure to bring pickers that will reach them.

 

 Organizations responsibility:

 

Organizations must bring their own vehicles to transfer oranges back to their facilities.

You must also bring your own crates ,bags or boxes.

 

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Strawberries and maybe tomatoes this weekend 7/27/13…

Posted on 24 July 2013 by robertflournoy

We will be at the Great Park again this Saturday picking Strawberries and perhaps tomatoes…

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Hours Of Gleaning (9:am to 11:am)

 

Directions to The Great Park:

Take the (5 ) South to Sand Canyon Off Ramp and turn (Left)and go straight to the first light

Marine Way and turn (Right) continue straight until you get to the Guard Shack

Turn (Left) and follow the road all the way to the stop sign

Continue straight pass the stop sign and park immediately on the right

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What’s needed:

Please make sure all volunteers sign the waivers before they come out this will help us to get to the fields faster.

Waiver… https://loavesandfishesx10.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Volunteer-Waiver-Form.pdf

 

Proper Clothing:

 

All volunteers must wear long sleeve shirts,pants, closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,

hat if you want to protect yourself from the heat and bring some water.

 

 Organizations responsibility:

 

Organizations must bring their own vehicles to transfer harvested produce back to their facilities.

You must also bring your own crates ,gaylords etc If you don’t have any we will try and get you some

 you can borrow but must be returned before the next harvesting/gleaning 

 

Video of The Original Manassero Farms  Heirloom tomatoes…

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Photo: One of my Board Members donated $500...good job.

Help Us Meet Our Fund Raising Goal…

Posted on 22 July 2013 by robertflournoy

Photo: One of my Board Members donated $500...good job.

Donald Trump is Giving Away Money at FundAnything.com

Business mogul Donald J. Trump announced today that he and Learning Annex founder Bill Zanker have launched FundAnything.com, a website that gives everyone the opportunity to better their lives and fund their dreams

YOUR DONATIONS COUNT!

Loaves and Fishes X10 is asking to raise $40,000.  By expanding our service area we are needing a new van and vehicle expenses to increase food distribution to more families in need.  We understand there is so much more than can be done, but transportation is limited as well as resources because our current van has over 250,000 miles and doesn’t handle the greater workload.  As an up and coming organization we depend on the support of concerned individuals just like you:)  Your generous donations will go to help feed thousands of people in Southern California.  All donations are tax deductible*.

 

Thank you in advance,

Loaves and Fishes X10, President

Robert Flournoy

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To help us meet our fund rising goal, Please click on the link below to see how you can

be a part of us reaching more families with farm fresh produce.

http://fundanything.com/en/campaigns/farm-2-table

 

Hunger is not only in third world countries it is in our own community; our own backyard.  Loaves and Fishes X10 is dedicated to helping to put an end to this hunger that touches so many families.  Every effort goes to supporting the needs within our communities to make a difference whenever we can. No child should ever go hungry. – See more at:

 

DID YOU KNOW?

 

Orange County has the 3rd highest population in the state of California at approx. 3,055, 745 residents*. *(Source: US Census Bureau Release Date: April 2012)

30.4% of Orange County Households are unable to meet their basic needs, 90.9% of these households are         working families.

1 in 8 Orange County residents face food insecurity, including

1 in 5 children.

Enrollment in Food Stamp programs in Orange County increased 37% in

2010, demonstrating the need for affordable and nutritious foods.

391,380, or 13.1%, of Orange County residents face food insecurity.

Of those residents, about 41% are not qualified for SNAP or other governmental

nutrition program.

33.7% (211,000) of low‐income households in Orange County experience

hunger at least once a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you haven’t volunteered yet with us then come on out this Saturday…

Posted on 19 July 2013 by robertflournoy

Another opportunity to pick beautiful strawberries this coming Saturday 7/20/13 at the Great Park…

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Hours Of Gleaning (9:am to 11:am)

 

Directions to The Great Park:

Take the (5 ) South to Sand Canyon Off Ramp and turn (Left)and go straight to the first light

Marine Way and turn (Right) continue straight until you get to the Guard Shack

Turn (Left) and follow the road all the way to the stop sign

Continue straight pass the stop sign and park immediately on the right

 

What’s needed:

Please make sure all volunteers sign the waivers before they come out this will help us to get to the fields faster.

Waiver… https://loavesandfishesx10.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Volunteer-Waiver-Form.pdf

 

Proper Clothing:

 

All volunteers must wear long sleeve shirts,pants, closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,

hat if you want to protect yourself from the heat and bring some water.

 

 Organizations responsibility:

 

Organizations must bring their own vehicles to transfer harvested produce back to their facilities.

You must also bring your own crates ,gaylords etc If you don’t have any we will try and get you some

 you can borrow but must be returned before the next harvesting. 

 

NOTE… All organizations must give L&F x10 the weight count and list of produce you 

                   received Saturday. This will be  required every time there is a harvest or gleaning

                   project.

 

NOTE… The president will be waiting in his White Cargo Van.

 

MPORTANT NOTICE… All volunteers must be at the designated area no later

than 8:45 am, This will allow us to check waivers and then caravan to the 

designated area to glean. Volunteers that come after we have left to the area

we ask that they do not drive on the park looking for everybody. This will then

be a safety issue for L&F 10,The farmer and The Great Park. We also asked that

organization leaders and volunteers do not give directions to the site if they

are called on there phone by late participators. Accidents and injuries are our

number one concern. 

 

Hours Of Gleaning (9:am to 11:am)

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Directions to The Great Park:

Take the (5 ) South to Sand Canyon Off Ramp and turn (Left)and go straight to the first light

Marine Way and turn (Right) continue straight until you get to the Guard Shack

Turn (Left) and follow the road all the way to the stop sign

Continue straight pass the stop sign and park immediately on the right

 

What’s needed:

Please make sure all volunteers sign the waivers before they come out this will help us to get to the fields faster.

Waiver… https://loavesandfishesx10.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Volunteer-Waiver-Form.pdf

 

Proper Clothing:

 

All volunteers must wear long sleeve shirts,pants, closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,

hat if you want to protect yourself from the heat and bring some water.

 

 Organizations responsibility:

 

Organizations must bring their own vehicles to transfer harvested produce back to their facilities.

You must also bring your own crates ,gaylords etc If you don’t have any we will try and get you some

 you can borrow but must be returned before the next harvesting. 

 

NOTE… All organizations must give L&F x10 the weight count and list of produce you 

                   received Saturday. This will be  required every time there is a harvest or gleaning

                   project.

 

NOTE… The president will be waiting in his White Cargo Van.

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Dan and Anne Manassero owners of “The Original Manassero Farms” receives a Resolution from the California State Senate.

Posted on 19 July 2013 by robertflournoy

Irvine farm earns honor for local support

of food donations…

 

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Last year, The Original Manassero Farms donated 250,000 pounds of fruits and vegetablesto feed those in need.State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, is scheduled to honor the Irvine-based grower for its charity today at the Westminster Family Fitness Day, an annual event launched by the senator to promote exercise and healthy eating.

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The sun rises this morning as dew dries off gardenias planted at Manassero Farms headquarters at Jeffery Road and Walnut Avenue in Irvine. The farm is scheduled to be honored Saturday for its produce donations.
For the past four years, Dan Manassero, who founded The Original Manassero Farms in 1976, has donated corn, strawberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, green beans and melons to Loaves and Fishesx10, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit. The organization then distributes the produce to food banks, shelters and churches in Orange and Los Angeles counties.

“It’s a shame to throw it away,” said Manassero, a third-generation Orange County farmer. “(Loaves and Fishesx10) is doing all the work. I’m just donating stuff.”

Westminster Family Fitness Day was created to encourage better eating habits among low-income families who might otherwise turn to fast food or similar options. The farm’s contributions aligned nicely with that goal, said Asia Cunningham, Correa’s district director.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Sigler Park, 7200 Plaza St., Westminster. Correa will present the resolution at 11:10 p.m.

Contact the writer: jgraham@ocregister.com or 714-796-7960

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Video of the Manassero’s receiving their Resolution…

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Check Out Our Newsletter for July 2013…

Posted on 04 July 2013 by robertflournoy

 

We have put out our first ever newsletter for L&F x10 and we are pretty proud of it.

It is our goal to show you what farmers are doing here in Orange County to help

stomp out hunger in our community. Please take some time to read it and then share

with your friends so that they may also see what’s happening here in California…

Please open the link to see the full letter of what’s happening with our Orange County Farmers…

 

https://loavesandfishesx10.com/newsletters/

 

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Just when we thought we were done them strawberries keep coming :)…

Posted on 01 July 2013 by robertflournoy

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Another opportunity to pick beautiful strawberries this coming Saturday 7/6/13 at the Great Park…

 

MPORTANT NOTICE… All volunteers must be at the designated area no later

than 8:45 am, This will allow us to check waivers and then caravan to the 

designated area to glean. Volunteers that come after we have left to the area

we ask that they do not drive on the park looking for everybody. This will then

be a safety issue for L&F 10,The farmer and The Great Park. We also asked that

organization leaders and volunteers do not give directions to the site if they

are called on there phone by late participators. Accidents and injuries are our

number one concern. 

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Hours Of Gleaning (9:am to 11:am)

 

Directions to The Great Park:

Take the (5 ) South to Sand Canyon Off Ramp and turn (Left)and go straight to the first light

Marine Way and turn (Right) continue straight until you get to the Guard Shack

Turn (Left) and follow the road all the way to the stop sign

Continue straight pass the stop sign and park immediately on the right

 

What’s needed:

Please make sure all volunteers sign the waivers before they come out this will help us to get to the fields faster.

Waiver… https://loavesandfishesx10.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Volunteer-Waiver-Form.pdf

 

Proper Clothing:

 

All volunteers must wear long sleeve shirts,pants, closed toe shoes,gloves if you prefer,

hat if you want to protect yourself from the heat and bring some water.

 

 Organizations responsibility:

 

Organizations must bring their own vehicles to transfer harvested produce back to their facilities.

You must also bring your own crates ,gaylords etc If you don’t have any we will try and get you some

 you can borrow but must be returned before the next harvesting. 

 

NOTE… All organizations must give L&F x10 the weight count and list of produce you 

                   received Saturday. This will be  required every time there is a harvest or gleaning

                   project.

 

NOTE… The president will be waiting in his White Cargo Van.

 

 Last videos of our strawberry projects…

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Having Fun In The Sun…

Posted on 01 July 2013 by robertflournoy

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What do you get when you mix College Alumni’s from UC Davis, Templo Calvario Church volunteers

Saddleback Church Volunteers,Hands Of mercy Encounter volunteers and First Baptist church?

You get fun in the Sun picking strawberries at the Great Park on Orange County Produce farm.

Saturday was another awesome day partnering with volunteers  with one thing in mind and

that is to pick as many strawberries as we could to feed families.

With the help of over 40 volunteers together we were able to pick 54 flats of strawberries for the

community. Tom Larson from the Great park spoke to the volunteers about the Great Park and

also about the strawberries we picked being grown through the Hydroponic system…

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Volunteers were ready and excited to pick strawberries…

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Christine who is an amazing women came out to pick for the homeless she supports by coming out

to every project we have…

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Video from Saturday’s picking…

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