Chair:

Darla Olson
VP, Advancement,
Meals on Wheels Orange County

Food Security
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Goal: Increase food security for Orange County’s older adults age 60+ by enrolling new participants in CalFresh. Establish new Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Senior Grocery distribution sites for food insecure older adults.

Participating Organizations: 211OC, Age Well Senior Services, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, City of Garden Grove, City of Irvine, City of Mission Viejo, OC Food Access Coalition, OC Food Bank, OC Health Care Agency, OC Office on Aging, Second Harvest Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Orange County

OCSPA Food Security and Nutrition 18-Month Goals: July 2017 – December 2018

Quarterly Updates

Quarter 1
January – March 31 2019

  • There were 198 new adults over the age 60 enrolled into CalFresh since January 1.
  • Restaurant Meal Program OC SSA representatives provided presentations to Meals on Wheels Orange County (formerly SeniorServ) site managers educating about new program. 
  • The subcommittee is working on creating a “where to get food help” presentation for senior consumers.

Quarter 2
April – June 30 2019

  • There were 198 new adults over the age 60 enrolled into CalFresh since January 1.
  • Restaurant Meal Program OC SSA representatives provided presentations to Meals on Wheels Orange County (formerly SeniorServ) site managers educating about new program.
  • The subcommittee is working on creating a “where to get food help” presentation for senior consumers.

Quarter 3
July – September 30, 2019

  • A total of 1,166 new adults over age 60 enrolled into Cal Fresh since January 1. The subcommittee’s initial goal was 650!
  • The Food Security and Senior Nutrition subcommittee trained 16 interns on the Restaurant Meal Program to help spread awareness and conduct outreach to restaurants to join the program. Their priority is to reach out to restaurants in Garden Grove and the South County cities.
  • The OC Food Help website is now live. The website includes an interactive food map with all distribution opportunities and an online appointment system for Cal Fresh.

Quarter 4
October – December 31, 2019

  • As of November 30th, 1,357 seniors 60+ have enrolled into CalFresh since January 1 exceeding their goal of enrolling 650 seniors for the 18-months.
  • The subcommittee has conducted RMP outreach to the cities of Garden Grove, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano.
  • As of December 31st, there are 105 participating restaurants and 74 pending RMP applications.

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