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ABOUT US and OUR MISSION:

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We, at Loaves and Fishes x10, are working hard to help end this waste and stomp out hunger. One way we are doing this is through our ongoing gleaning/harvesting projects. In partnership with local farmers such as Dan Manassero from The Original Manassero Farms and A.G. Kawamura from Orange County Produce, we arrange for food pantries,food banks and churches around Orange County to glean/harvest free, fresh produce for the low income communities they serve.

In 2012, we were able to donate 270,000 lbs. of produce to participating organizations. We also partner with local food banks to arrange for community food distributions that help provide families with a week’s worth of food. Just a few of the groups we work with are:

  • VALOR Program at The Great Park
  • Saddleback Church Food Pantry
  • Giving Children Hope
  • Ronald McDonald House in Orange County
  • Santa Ana Food Bank
  • Heart of Compassion
  • Families Forward

In these times, where 615,000 Orange County residents are at risk of hunger, Loaves and Fishesx10 is dedicated to doing its part to make sure that we help feed as many people as we can and rely on support from individuals like YOU.

If you would like to be a part of our impactful organization, we would love to meet with you to discuss opportunities to work together as well as invite you to participate in one our exciting gleaning/harvesting days!

OUR VISION: To develop as many community relationships as possible with local farmers in order to provide gleaning/harvesting opportunities for area food banks and pantries. In addition, we want to be able to work with area ranchers who are willing to donate meat products to the community as well.

Due to our increasing intake of fresh produce from our generous community farming partners, we are beginning to be in need of more resources. Just a few items on our new “Resource Wish List” are:

  • For our larger gleaning/harvesting projects, a minimum of 300 volunteers which will help us glean more and leave less
  • Refrigerated Trucking to properly tranport our fresh produce which enables it to last longer for the people we serve
  • Warehouse with refrigeration and freezer capabilities

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER/PRESIDENT:

Robert Flournoy, president of Loaves And Fishes x10, unknowingly began his journey into fighting hunger when he made a commitment to help support seven (7) homeless people in Tustin, CA . For an entire year, he mainly used his personal income, with a few donations from friends and family,  to provide them with hygiene products, food, and meals during the holidays.

In 2001, he volunteered with the food bank at his church, Templo Calvario, which serves thousands of people each week. His role included providing  support to families who lived in hotels and low-income apartment complexes in Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Tustin by arranging much needed grocery deliveries as well as offering teachings from the Gospel. As time passed, he became more and more involved with the food bank and went on to volunteer with Obras De Amor. It was there, he began to get involved with larger events such as renting out school parking lots and giving out over 50,000 lbs. of food to the community. His experience in event planning and food distribution through the food bank, led him to be in charge of food distribution for We Care America and We Care Santa Ana which are both projects  of Templo Calvario Community Development Corporation. These events supplied enough groceries to feed 5,000 families each week.

In 2010, Robert became the Outreach Coordinator for Love Community Outreach of Santa Ana where his job was to help procure enough food to support 50 Churches and the surrounding community as well as have Evangelical food distributions and network with other ministries.

In 2011, after serving and being faithful to other organizations, he took a leap of faith and officially founded his own organization, Loaves And Fishes x10, where he is very dedicated to feeding the community both physical and spiritual. The organization collaborates with local food banks and arranges gleaning opportunities for them on farm lands throughout Orange County. In addition, Robert recruits volunteers and arranges food distribution campaigns. Today, he is excited about starting his own organization because he can see the hard work it takes and also the blessing it brings. He is very excited about gleaning because it has taken this organization to a another level of support for the community.

Because of his passion to serve God, Robert Flournoy has always supported the community after his work hours with dedicated ministry work and a humble heart.

When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the foreigner. I am the LORD your God.  Leviticus 19:9-10 (NIV)

 

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