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Thanksgiving Food Drive For 200 Low Income Families…

Posted on 17 November 2013 by robertflournoy

We like to thank all the volunteers and donors who have helped Loaves and Fishes x10

help end hunger. Without your support our job would be much harder to accomplish

 but your passion and the heart has made it much easier. We  have much to do and

 we have another opportunity in the month of November to help give families a 

Thanksgiving Dinner through our Food Drive in partnership with Civic Center Barrio

Housing. Our desire is to support 200 low income families who live just above poverty

with a great dinner.


Thank you for your support.


                                                                                     October 21, 2013

RE: Thanksgiving Food Baskets

Dear Sir or Madam:

Civic Center Barrio Housing Corporation (CCBHC) is planning its very first Thanksgiving

Holiday food drive this year. CCBHC wants to do its part to make a difference this season by

ensuring that our tenant families do not go without a Thanksgiving Dinner. CCBHC is

partnering with community leader, Robert Flournoy and his company Loaves and Fishes x10 in

helping at least 200 families! But, even with our dedication to make this dream a reality, we need

your help!


The success of this very important food drive will be made possible with your contributions of

the following:

– Can goods (veggies, soup, gravy, cranberries, etc.)

– Dry goods (stuffing mix, potatoes)

– Frozen Turkeys or Frozen Hams

– Gift cards for local grocery stores


Your generosity will bless those less fortunate that are already struggling to put food on their

tables. Together,

let’s give them the best Thanksgiving Dinner ever and a warm gesture they

will always remember! Donations can be dropped off at Civic Center Barrio Housing Office 980

West 17

th Street, Suite E, Santa Ana, California on Monday, November 25, 2013 and Tuesday,

November 26, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Civic Center Barrio Housing Corporation is a community based, non-profit corporation, involved

in the development and management of housing for low income families. All donations are tax

deductible and you would be provided with a 501(C) (3) donation letter.


If you have any questions please contact Ronnie Sandoval at (714) 835-0406 or Robert Flournoy

at (714) 718-2930. We look forward to a positive response and wish to thank you in advance for

your generous donation.



Ronnie Sandoval,

Office Manager

980 West 17

th, Suite E, Santa Ana, California 92706

Office (714) 835-0406 Fax (714) 835-7354


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paul2 300x225 GCHope staffer recognized by senator for service

Congratulations Paul For A Job Well Done…

Posted on 08 August 2013 by robertflournoy



paul2 300x225 GCHope staffer recognized by senator for service

Paul Geisert could sleep in on Saturday mornings. But nearly every weekend this year, our We’ve Got Your Back coordinator has trekked to the Great Park in Irvine to pick produce for O.C. families in need. Recipients of WGYB’s weekly deliveries were thrilled to start seeing produce in addition to nonperishable food in their bags, and another person took notice of the addition as well — Senator Lou Correa. He presented Paul with an award for outstanding community service on July 13 at the Westminster Fitness Festival.

“I try to do as much as I can, for as many people as I can, as often as I can,” Geisert said. “The things I’ve done don’t seem award-worthy to me, but I’m flattered.”

The produce program was instigated when Geisert met Robert Flournoy, who facilitates crop gleaning on O.C. farms with his organization Loaves and Fishes x10. The two formed a partnership in which Geisert received, and now personally harvests, leftover produce from Flournoy’s partner farm and adds it to the children’s backpacks.

“The first day I met Paul, he was ready to jump into the partnership,” said Flournoy, who nominated Geisert for the award. “He has this burning desire to get food to families who need it, and this willingness to do whatever it takes to fulfill his hunger.”

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Paul’s family and friends join him to celebrate

Paul not only heads the program — he also rallies all of its volunteers every Saturday. And believe us, it’s not easy to convince even your friends to sacrifice precious weekend time.

“But Paul’s so passionate that he can usually round up at least 12 friends to help,” said Sean Lawrence, executive director of Giving Children Hope. “He goes to that farm on his own time, really going above and beyond.”

Usually working behind the scenes, Paul has definitely earned this moment in the spotlight. Congrats!


Link to write up…


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Today’s toy distribution was a success with L&F x10 and E.B.C Academy…

Posted on 22 December 2012 by robertflournoy

People were in line at 6:am waiting to receive toys from today’s distribution which started

at 10:am. Hundreds showed up today to receive toys from the school most of their kids

go to which is Edward B Cole Academy a school started by Pastor Lee Deleon of Templo

Calvario CDC.

Toys,food,drinks, Christmas Trees,shoes and clothing  were given out at this event….








Photo: EBC Toy distribution




This is the first time L&F x10 and E.B.C Academy has worked together and we can tell the Academy

has it together.




Videos from today’s distribution…

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You Tube Videos of our Gleaning,Harvesting and Food Distributions….

Posted on 03 August 2012 by robertflournoy


Food Distributions…

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Article Tab: Ivan Lopez, right, grins as he as he tends to the table featuring his team

Going forward supporting Valley High School Inc. Academies…

Posted on 24 July 2012 by robertflournoy


Description: cid:image003.jpg@01CD6448.39245E00                                                                              Article Tab: Ivan Lopez, right, grins as he as he tends to the table featuring his team's winning menu, while his teammates, Ashley Blanco, center, and Alejandro Alex Hernández, left,  share a laugh. In this photo, they competed in a cooking competition at Gonzalez Northgate  Markets headquarters in Anaheim, part of the lead-up to a national competition in May.

July 23, 2012


To Whom It May Concern:


This letter is to support the non-profit organization Loaves & Fishes X 10 and the president, Mr. Robert Flournoy.


I am compelled to tell you that Mr. Flournoy has been very instrumental to our students and the High School Inc.,CulinaryArts & Hospitality Academy which includes 2,300 at-risk students inSanta AnaatValleyHigh School. We, the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and theSanta AnaUnifiedSchool Districthave a partnership to develop the economic base for the City of Santa Ana. Our students are the poorest in theSanta AnaUnifiedSchool Districtand have the highest drop-out rate in the county.  With our program, High School Inc. we provide hands-on training such as cooking in class that also includes oral presentation, pallet development, career exploration in the industry, and much more.  We aim at the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are needed on the job besides culinary training.


Mr. Flournoy came to our aid when the school was without a budget to provide food for cooking labs.  We calculated that we needed $500 in groceries per week for cooking labs at Valley High.  Mr. Flornoy was so helpful and generous to provide for us that he has stayed on as a full-fledged academy member, we value his affiliation so much.  He continues with us in many other ways that benefit the students.  He provides field trips to the farms for gleaning, an important piece for culinary students to learn how produced is raised and harvested.  He provides food for our competition team; see the attached article for information, as we have the national champions for Cooking Up Change, a national award that is given to top students who have made a school lunch, using cafeteria food selections and dietary restrictions.  They have recently come fromWashingtonD.C. where they met with the U.S. Department of Education and made their award-winning dish for Congress.


Our success has been largely from Mr. Flournoy and others like him.  We count of their involvement and their commitment to help us from training techniques, food preparations and food.  We are so pleased to have made connections with Loaves & Fishes x 10.  It is an organization that truly cares about the community.


I completely support what Loaves & Fishes x 10 provides for the greater good of the community.  If you can support him as well, I know you will not have any reservations.






Sharon Gomez


High School Inc. Academies

1801S. Greenville

Santa Ana,CA92704

(714) 981-1796 / Shgomez@pacbell.net


 O.C Register write up…




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Orange County Register and MSN on Volunteers for L&F x10….Video to follow of gleaning project for Saturday 14th.

Posted on 10 April 2012 by robertflournoy

We want to thank the Orange County Register for there support with this write up.

We are hoping this will inspire people to want to support the community through

commercial Farm Land gleaning.

O.C Register…




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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


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…



Fighting Waste…



Univision Channel 34 segment of our gleaning…



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

at Irvine Valley College.



Gleaning on Orange County Produce Farm…



Gleaning on The Original Manassero Farms…



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Today was all about supporting our Vets…

Posted on 29 March 2012 by robertflournoy

Today was all about supporting our vets by donating and procuring food. Veterans First of

Santa Ana has  10 Houses in Orange County that support 120 Homeless Vets with meals  and

shelter. The food Donated today will be used to make lunch bags for the vets and their families

and to feed the vets in the homes.

Rice and Beans were picked up from Vineyard Community Church Food Bank a Compassionate

Ministry for the Vets Distribution on Irvine Valley College Campus on April 20th. This will be

our first Distribution at the College  with more to come. We are hoping that after this event the

Community,Donors and Businesses will want to get more involved in supporting the Vets not

just at Irvine Valley College but also in other Colleges in the County.

If you would like to support the April 20th Distribution for the vets at Irvine Valley College you

can by donating non perishable items,new clothing,new shoes etc.

My contact information is…loavesandfishesx10@yahoo.com or 714-718-2930

All donations are tax deductible.

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Ted Thacker of ThackerBerry Donates Strawberries to L&F x10

Posted on 25 March 2012 by robertflournoy

We are very excited to be a recipient of Strawberries from Ted Thacker of ThackerBerry Farms.

All Donations are directed to Food Pantries in Santa Ana,Laguna Niguel and Irvine where hunger

is getting worse daily. These Strawberries are a big help to families that may not have much to

eat. Ted through his Donations is putting food in the mouths of many people who receive them.


I’m sure if the Community would speak they would say “Thank you Ted because your Donations

have helped to put food on our tables.


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Posted on 15 March 2012 by robertflournoy

It has been an amazing four days starting off excited and hopeful on Monday

the 12th with our Deliveries of 48 flats of Strawberries because this is the first

weekend we received them this year. We were excited because we were

able to support one of our biggest Donors that support our Organization.

We then began to follow up on one of our projects which is to support our student

vets here in California with food once a month


The 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

We have made contact with an Organization willing to support  our Vets.


All this was just the beginning of the week. We had a meeting

at North Gate Market CORP to talk about how we can work together

and lets just say we are pleased with what transpired from the meeting.

We Donated once again to the Orange County Bar Foundation of Santa Ana

for their Health Fair On Saturday 17th. We also plan to have our own Outreach

on the same day because of a phone call the President received about

Elementary kids stilling food to take home to eat. This cannot happen we must

all do our part to help stomp out Hunger say President Robert Flournoy.


Stay tune their is much more to follow and we will release it soon 🙂

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