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Food Insecurity in Orange County Rises



I was just so excited to get out of my house and do something I felt was useful
Food insecurity in Orange County rises
Bag of onions, in. A box of clinking canned goods. Bananas, pineapples, a big juicy watermelon.

Load it up, close the trunk, onto the next.

That was the routine 1,200 times Thursday morning as volunteers loaded supplies into the cars of needy families under the blazing sun outside the Costa Mesa IKEA store.

Starting before 9 a.m., cars snaked through the store’s two parking lots, lining up behind the 14-tent stations where volunteers gathered in not-so-socially distant groups to hand out the supplies from the Community Action Partnership of Orange County food bank.

“This comes with some risk — you’re around people,” said Andrea Marr, the Costa Mesa councilwoman who helped spearhead the distribution. “We’re not able to stand six feet apart as we’re loading the truck. But these are people who think the need is important and they’re willing to help.”

“I was just so excited to get out of my house and do something I felt was useful,” she added.

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By FAITH E. PINHOSTAFF WRITER | Daily Pilot