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Loaves And Fishes x10, Orange County Produce And The Great Park…

Posted on 13 October 2013 by robertflournoy

Orange County Great Park and Orange County Produce,

LLC Partner to Donate Food to Local Food Banks and Kitchens

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IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 30, 2013 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Orange County Produce and the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, continues its “Parks without Borders” program by offering fresh food to Orange County’s local food banks and soup kitchens. On most weekends, a group of volunteers are invited to harvest all they can to prepare and deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to those they serve. Orange County Produce is growing food on the four-acre VALOR Field at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, to support this effort.

“In the United States, on average 30 to 40 percent of the food grown goes uneaten each year,” said Tom Larson, Manager of Farm, Food & Landscape Division for the Orange County Great Park in Irvine. “With Orange County’s long history in agriculture, we are taking a leadership role in developing ways to reduce waste.”

“The wonderful partnership with the Great Park VALOR Program, Orange County Produce, LLC and our food security friends at Second Harvest Food Bank, Community Action Partnership of Orange County and Loaves & Fishes allows us to deliver freshly harvested fruits and vegetables to those in need. We appreciate the hard working volunteers who gathered over 10,000 lbs of vine ripe watermelons last Saturday,” said A.G. Kawamura.

Robert Flournoy, president of Loaves And Fishes x10, has been gleaning regularly at the Great Park for more than three years. He began his journey fighting hunger when he made a commitment to help support seven homeless people in Tustin, Calif. Today, his organization has gleaned thousands of pounds of food and delivered it to help those in need in low-income communities.

Gleaners also harvest from Orange County Produce’s 105-acre organic farm at the Orange County Great Park.

The Kawamura family, who founded Orange County Produce, has been growing fruits and vegetables in Orange County for over half a century. Guided by third-generation family members A.G. and Matt Kawamura, Orange County Produce farms more than 800 acres within the urban boundaries of Orange County. A.G. Kawamura, California Secretary of Agriculture from 2003-2010, is engaged in many projects to increase efficiencies and reduce waste within our agricultural system including a new program, Solutions From the Land Dialogue (sfldialogue.net), supported by United Nations Foundation, the Farm Foundation and the Nature Conservancy.

“California is one of the largest agricultural economies in the world,” said Kawamura. “We are committed to continuing the legacy of farming in Orange County and that is why we are making efforts to provide fresh, high-quality produce to the local food banks using the VALOR Field at the Great Park.”

The VALOR Field (Veteran’s Agricultural Learning – Opportunities and Resources) is the site of a fledgling program to provide education and hands-on experience to veterans in preparation for employment within the farm to table industry. OC Produce and local partners have collaborated on this field, growing tomatoes and numerous other crops, and donating the produce.

“Orange County Produce and Alegria Fresh are volunteering services and resources to manage and care for the VALOR field, contributing a tremendous amount of energy, labor and skill for this very important community service,” said Larson.

EnviroIngenuity, through its food division Alegria Fresh, a Laguna Beach-based hydroponic vertical farming company, assists Orange County Produce with management and production on the VALOR Field. In partnership with Kawamura, Alegria Fresh is completing construction of a new demonstration farm designed to showcase high performance urban agriculture and test new growing systems that may be applied to commercial agriculture. Alegria’s hydroponic vertical farm is solar powered and uses no soil, 90 percent less water, 70 percent less land and 50 percent less fertilizer than traditional farming methods.

“We are proud to partner with the Kawamura family to support their vision for a more sustainable future and are especially proud to assist OC Produce in its efforts to reduce waste and deliver fresh, locally grown produce to the hungry in Orange County,” said Erik Cutter, Managing Director of Alegria Fresh. “We are testing new technologies to improve urban farming processes to meet the great challenges facing our food production and distribution systems.”

About Orange County Produce:

One of the oldest remaining farm companies in southern California, Orange County Produce, LLC, has farmed within the rural urban environment of OC for over half a century.

The company is managed by A.G. and Matthew Kawamura, third generation growers and shippers of fresh produce. A.G. Kawamura is the former California Secretary of Agriculture where he served from 2003 to 2010 and is actively involved in developing policy in the areas of education, hunger and nutrition. He serves as the co-chair of Solutions From the Land, a United Nations Foundation project that is developing a sustainable roadmap for 21st century agricultural systems.

Orange County Produce, LLC, engages in year-round production and marketing of fruits and vegetables. Dedicated team members work creatively to resolve hunger and nutrition problems within the local community and educate the public about the art and science of urban farming and the challenges facing our food system. Orange County Produce, LLC, is currently engaged in building an exciting, interactive urban agricultural exhibit at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

Visit Orange County Produce at http://www.OCProduce.com/ .

About Alegria Fresh:

Alegria Farm is a new hydroponic vertical farm employing over 150 hydroponic vertical towers growing over 8,000 plants in less than 1/20th acre. The farm is part of the interactive urban agricultural exhibit at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Alegria Farm is Orange County’s first hydroponic vertical farm and the first West Coast showcase for the vertical hydroponic system which uses no soil, 80 percent less water, requires 70 percent less land and 50 percent less fertilizer than traditional farming. This high performance growing system produces clean, natural food faster and allows plants to grow bigger and stronger, making plants naturally more pest resistant.

Alegria Farm produces an exotic variety of leafy greens, medicinal herbs and heirloom vegetables. Hydroponic farming is soilless and utilizes coconut fiber instead of organic soil, and produces strong plants that are nutrient-rich. For more information on Alegria Fresh or to schedule a tour of the farm, please visit www.AlegriaFresh.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter. Alegria Fresh is the high-performance urban agriculture division of EnviroIngenuity, a company dedicated to reducing waste.

Visit Alegria Fresh at http://www.AlegriaFresh.com/ and EnviroIngenuity at http://www.EnviroIngenuity.com/ .

NEWS SOURCE: Orange County Produce, LLC :: This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (who is solely responsible for its accuracy) by Send2Press® Newswire, a service of Neotrope®.

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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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Convoy Of Hope Event in Santa Ana October 5th 2013…

Posted on 10 March 2013 by robertflournoy

You’re Invited to a

Vision Casting Meeting

for the 2013

Santa Ana  CONVOY OF HOPE

 

Attend one of the following meetings

Monday, March 18, 2013 @ 7pm

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 10am

at

Graceland Community Baptist Church

1817 W. 3rd Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Orange County businesses, churches and community organizations are being invited to partner together to sponsor a Convoy of Hope outreach on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in the city of Santa Ana.

This is a collaborative effort to provide thousands of struggling people in our community with the groceries, health services, job fairs, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, and games and activities for children. All free of charge to each guest.  The goal is to mobilize hundreds of area residents to serve and make a difference in their community. Strong participation by churches, local businesses, community service agencies and individuals is crucial to the success of this event.  Through this collaborative effort we can do together what no one else could do alone.

Please share invite with others in your network

PLEASE RSVP BY March 15th    

714-788-8641 or santaanaconvoyofhope@gmail.com


Nellisa Lockley
Convoy Coordinator
What We Do

At Convoy of Hope our goals are to provide help and hope to people in need in the United States and around world through our children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.

How We Do ItChildren’s Feeding Initiatives

With millions of children going hungry and lacking access to clean drinking water each day we focus heavily on providing the basic necessities of life to those in need. Currently, Convoy of Hope is expanding its feeding initiatives to more than 120,000+ children in seven nations.  We also provide clean and safe water, teach community leaders agricultural techniques and help provide healthy living environments and education.

Community Outreaches

Each year in the United States we hold up to 50 community outreaches with the help of thousands of volunteers who serve tens of thousands of guests. At each outreach free groceries, job and health fairs, and activities for children are provided. In doing so, volunteers are given an opportunity to connect with members of their community, and guests are shown love and respect regardless of age, race, physical appearance, or spiritual condition.

Disaster Response

Convoy of Hope is considered a “first responder” organization in disaster relief. With a fleet of tractor-trailers, a 300,000-square-foot warehouse, a high-tech Mobile Command Center and through a scalable distribution model we have been heralded for quickly providing resources and help to victims of disasters worldwide.
We rely heavily on the faith-based community, businesses and national and state disaster relief agencies and organizations. Because of strong alliances, we were one of the first humanitarian aid groups to distribute food in Haiti after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck the country on January 12, 2010.

Partner Resourcing

Convoy of Hope believes in supporting the work of like-minded organizations throughout the world. Through partner resourcing, we have empowered hundreds of organizations by providing the food and supplies they need to make a positive difference in their communities.

Capacity

Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has relied on its expertise in logistics, quality products and determined people to fulfill its mission to feed the world. To meet the pressing needs represented among the poor and suffering, the organization constantly evaluates its capacity and makes adjustments as necessary to stay lockstep with needs and opportunities in the United States and throughout the world.

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* 300,000 square ft. World Distribution Center
* 6 International distribution centers
* Fleet of Trucks in multiple countries
* Over 25,000 Churches/Organizations involved
* Over 1,200 Volunteer Teams
* $306,155,027 of gifts in kind to date
* 379,552 volunteers mobilized

*As of August 2012

LIFE FOR MARC PHILLIP

PLUM ORGANICS PARTNERS WITH CONVOY OF HOPE

AGRIRUNNING WITH DR. DIRT

CHOCOLATE MAKER DELIVERS HOPE

PRECIOUS GIFTS

 

This will be a great opportunity to get your church or business involved to help

support our low income in Orange County. To be a part of this massive move

please contact Nellisa Lockley for your RSVP.

 

Thank you.

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You are invited to participate in our Santa Ana Convoy Of Hope event October 5th…

Posted on 22 February 2013 by robertflournoy

You’re Invited to a 
Vision Casting Meeting

for the 2013

Santa Ana  CONVOY OF HOPE

 

Attend one of the following meetings

Monday, March 18, 2013 @ 7pm

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 10am

at

Graceland Community Baptist Church

1817 W. 3rd Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703

Orange County businesses, churches and community organizations are being invited to partner together to sponsor a Convoy of Hope outreach on Saturday, October 5, 2013 in the city of Santa Ana.

This is a collaborative effort to provide thousands of struggling people in our community with the groceries, health services, job fairs, family portraits, haircuts, prayer, and games and activities for children. All free of charge to each guest.  The goal is to mobilize hundreds of area residents to serve and make a difference in their community. Strong participation by churches, local businesses, community service agencies and individuals is crucial to the success of this event.  Through this collaborative effort we can do together what no one else could do alone.

Please share invite with others in your network

PLEASE RSVP BY March 15th    

714-788-8641 or santaanaconvoyofhope@gmail.com


Nellisa Lockley
Convoy Coordinator
Video of one of our meetings…
http://youtu.be/_c3W30BYTCM

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Our new trifolds are ready…

Posted on 10 January 2013 by robertflournoy

Our new trifold is ready for any organization,business or just anyone who may 

want to share  what L&F x10 is doing to help stomp out hunger. If you would like 

 any of them please contact us at gleaningfarmland@gmail.com with the amount 

 you want  and we will do our best to get them into your hands.

 

(Pictures of trifold are at the bottom of this post)

 

Gleaning on Orange County Produce Farm Land…

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20 crates of oranges picked…

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Hunger hits home,but so do solutions…

Posted on 27 December 2012 by robertflournoy

Taylor Shweiki a Freshman Student-Athlete from Fresno, California who attends Irvine 

Valley College wrote a publication in the Irvine World News about hunger in Orange County.

 We are very excited to see her publication finally come out in the paper.

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Taylor’s Actual Publication…

Photo: Taylor Sweikie writer of the Publication "Hunger hits home, but so do solutions"

The Great Recession created a long list of economic hardships for Orange County residents, including, sadly, hunger.

Many people simply don’t understand the significant impact hunger has on our community. Hunger doesn’t just exist in small pockets of society, in certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods — it’s everywhere.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 500,000 U.S. households suffer from hunger each day. According to the Orange County Food Bank, there are nearly 456,000 people at risk for hunger every month in Orange County.

Fortunately, a national movement called “gleaning” has sprung up in our neighborhoods. Growers with excess harvest allow volunteers to “glean” produce that can then be donated to the needy.

Local gleaning projects have given hundreds of pounds of fresh produce to local people in need.

If you are looking for a way to give back or help out, volunteering for a local gleaning group can be a great way to do that.

Consider taking a step onto a path of service to others. The direction you choose in 2013 is entirely your decision; but choosing to DO, by helping those in need, will leave our community in a much better place.

To volunteer with the local gleaning organization Loaves and Fishes X10, email gleaningfarmland@gmail.com or call 714-718-2930.

Taylor Shweiki is a Freshman Student-Athlete from Fresno, California attending Irvine Valley College. She’s majoring in Biological Sciences. Shweiki plays on the colligent Women’s Golf Team for IVC, that won the State Championship title in November of 2012.

 

“Thank you Taylor for bringing to our attention the condition of our Country and our Community.

 

We are always looking for more volunteers to help in our gleaning projects. Feel free to bring 

out your company,family and friends and together we can help stump out hunger in

Orange County.

 

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L&F x10 in the Irvine World News Paper…

Posted on 13 December 2012 by robertflournoy

Orange County Register writer contacted the president to ask him if she could write about the

organization in the Irvine World News paper that belongs to the Register. After getting the

legalities and all the write information and names correct Michelle Nicolosi (OC Register)

wrote the Publication… Here is a photo copy of the Publication…

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More volunteers from this Saturdays project…

 

We would like to thank Michelle for her excellent job she did on this piece. AG Kawamura of

Orange County Produce was pleased with it as well.

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We are creating a volunteer list for Summer gleaning and for events through the year…

Posted on 06 April 2012 by robertflournoy

Hello

As the ministry grows so does the need for volunteers to help out in the community. This Summer

alone we are in need of more help because the need is greater in the community. We will be

gleaning on The Original Manassero Farms on Irvine Valley College Campus and also O.C Produce

on The Great Park both totalling around 170 acres. Saturday 14th will be our first project gleaning

Cabbage starting at 12pm to 3pm. We have testimonies of the  fun kids have when they come

out and take part in the gleaning.

 

Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers’ fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable .

 

With Billions of pounds of produce going to waste each year we want to do our part to glean as

much as possible. If you would like to participate and be on our volunteer list you can contact

us at …gleaningfarmland@gmail.com or call 714-718-2930.

 

Your help will be very much appreciated and together we can feed Orange County.

 

USDA gleaning…

http://blogs.usda.gov/2011/10/12/feds-feed-families-by-gleaning/

 

Fighting Waste…

http://www.npr.org/2011/01/20/133059889/gleaning-a-harvest-for-the-needy-by-fighting-waste

 

Univision Channel 34 segment of our gleaning…

http://univision34.univision.com/videos/video/2011-08-22/anglosajones-trabajan-en-cosechas-para

 

Santa Ana Chamber Of Commerce…Correction….The Original Manssero Farms is located

at Irvine Valley College.

http://www.santaanachamber.com/news/newsarticledisplay.aspx?ArticleID=338

 

Gleaning on Orange County Produce Farm…

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.233136670073989.56340.100001329725981&type=3

 

Gleaning on The Original Manassero Farms…

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.233296076724715.56379.100001329725981&type=3

 

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Groceries for student Vets at Irvine Valley College 4/20/12

Posted on 28 March 2012 by robertflournoy

Irvine valley College in California Has over 400 or more vets that attend there. Irvine

Valley College also known as I.V.C is one of the schools that has been voted vet friendly and

they should be proud of it.

 

That being said President Robert Flournoy of  L&F x10 was talking to a fellow employee at

the College who told him that a student vet had said to him…If we can just get some

noodles or something to help us get through the breaks at the College that will help.

 

The thought of out vets struggling with food was a shock to here so immediately the president

went to work putting a distribution together once a month to help the student vets at the

College.

 

We have partnered with so far with.. Orange County Food Bank,The Original Manassero Farms,Vineyard

a Compassionate Ministry in Anaheim.

 

Our first distribution will be on April 20th at 1pm on the College Campus. We at the moment

have 30 vets who have signed up for assistants and we expect more in the next couple of weeks.

 

If you would like to support this program we are starting with the student vets you can help

by donating non perishables items,new clothing,new shoes etc. This will be a monthly event to aid

the students now and the many that will be coming back from war to go to College.

 

You can contact me at…. loavesandfishesx10@yahoo.com or 714-718-2930

All Donations are tax deductible.

 

Greetings,

My name is Darryl Cox. I am the Director of Financial Aid and Veteran Affairs at Irvine Valley college. Your name and organization was forwarded to me by one of our campus employees, Mr. Robert Flournoy. Mr. Flournoy and his organization, “Loaves and Fishes x10” serve many needy people in the Santa Ana area.
Irvine Valley College has about 400 veteran students enrolled and we expect that as the wars in the middle east wind down,  many more will find their way to our campus. These individuals are facing many challenges as they make the transition from military life to educational endeavors. Many face the hardships of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), lack of housing, funding for the basic needs, employment, child care and family health services. In spite of it all, these young men and women are dedicated to achieving their goal of higher education and providing a better life for themselves and their families.
Irvine Valley College would like to partner with you and your organization to provide food distribution and services to our veterans. Most of these individuals are receiving VA educational benefits and/or federal student financial assistance. As such, their income level, household size, and resources can be verified. Most will fall below 150% of the established poverty line.
I’d like to talk to you more about our veterans, the services we offer and how we might partner with the Community Action Partnerships of Orange County and the Orange County Food Bank.
Regards,
Darryl Cox
Director Financial Aid/Veteran Affairs
Irvine Valley College
949-451-5435

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We are excited about our new Business Cards…

Posted on 24 March 2012 by robertflournoy

What can we say but good job once again Dustin Lam from Irvine Valley College in California. This

young man has been a very strong supporter with his talent and time helping L&F x10 succeed. We

would personally like to thank him once again for all the work he has done to help make our Ministry

a  successful one. You are very much appreciated and your talent will take you a long way.

 

Good Job on the cards….http://www.facebook.com/DustC.Lam

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