Costa Mesa Food Drive

Supplies to 1,200 Families


The first COVID-19 drive-through food distribution held in Costa Mesa

Community members give supplies to 1,200 families
The first COVID-19 drive-through food distribution held in Costa Mesa was executed this week with precision and speed.

On Thursday, 150 volunteers were needed to load boxes and bags packed with shelf-stable items and fresh produce into the trunks of 1,200 vehicles that snaked through an otherwise empty IKEA parking lot. Each car, van, SUV and truck represented a family that needed food because of the massive unemployment that’s come since stay-at-home orders were set in place a month ago.

When one woman’s car stalled a way’s back in the line, Costa Mesa police, on hand to direct traffic, quickly pushed it out of the way and tried to jump start the battery. Staggered appointments kept the line moving steadily for about four hours.

The precision was, in some ways, sad. The distribution went so smoothly because Orange County Food Bank — like its larger counterpart, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County — has had plenty of practice. Since March 19, when the statewide shutdown order kicked in, food banks have been on overdrive.

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By THERESA WALKER | thwalker@scng.com | Orange County Register