COVID-19 Food Resources

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

If you are concerned about waiting in an office, let your local WIC office know. WIC locations have procedures to help you get WIC benefits as quickly as possible as some locations may be closed to the public. Please call for information before visiting. See how to get help.

WIC is Here For You During the COVID-19 Crisis ENGLISH | SPANISH
WIC Food Expansion ENGLISH | SPANISH
Food Resources Provided by the Orange County Business Council

How to Get Food Help in Orange County

May 2021 Free Produce – Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. English | Spanish

View and share the How to Get Food Help in OC handout as a resource for food assistance programs. English | Spanish | Vietnamese

Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day
This free electronic cookbook is a celebration of the many delicious meals available to those on even the most strict of budgets.

Do you Need Food? We are here to Help!

The mission of the No Child Hungry project is to help identify and fight food insecurity in Orange County, California. The following 2-item questionnaire can help identify individuals who are at risk of being food insecure if their response to both these statements are ‘yes’.

1. Within the past 12 months, we worried whether our food would run out before we got money to buy more.
2. Within the past 12 months, the food we bought just didn’t last and we didn’t have the money to get more.

Once a food insecure individual is identified, we can help by providing the services and resources to have food. The ‘Need Food?’ cards provide a simple and discrete way for individuals and families to find food resources via a text messaging system.

Need Food? AAP OC

How it Works:

1. Using a mobile device, text “FOOD4U” for English or “COMIDA” for Spanish to (833) 300-4888
2. You will receive a welcome message which will connect you to interactive food maps

a. Call or text: (855) 233-3362
b. Or go online to the Second Harvest Food Bank-Food Assistance Helpline

          i. Enter a Zip Code to find free food near you

NOTE: If you have unsubscribed to text messages by sending “Stop” to (833) 300-4888, to resubscribe, please text “FOOD4U” or “COMIDA” to (833) 300-4888.

Other food resources include calling 2-1-1 or visiting www.211oc.org

No Child Hungry: Pediatricians Promoting Food Security

The No Child Hungry project began through a small, 18-month grant from national AAP’s Healthy People 2020 Grant Program to address Healthy People 2020 Objectives NWS12 (Eliminate very low food security among children) and NWS13 (Reduce household food insecurity and in doing so reduce hunger). Our goal is to identify food insecurity, poverty, and health issues experienced by our OC families, and to assist these families in getting the support and services they need.

Read More to see how the AAP-OC accomplished these objectives.

Pediatrician Resources