From Arts Orange County:

Orange County’s arts community collected over one ton of food during the March 2009 Arts Can food drive. Local artists and arts venues united to fight hunger through a three-week food drive, and 24 arts organizations in 12 Orange County cities participated. The campaign was coordinated by Arts Orange County in tandem with the Community Action Partnership of Orange County, which operates the Orange County Food Bank.

“For a first time effort, we’re thrilled to have made a modest contribution to the needs of those residents who are particularly hard hit during the current recession,” comments Arts Orange County’s Executive Director, Richard Stein. “We wish to thank our audiences, patrons, Boards and staff members who brought in food or made cash donations to the OC Food Bank during our food drive. We also wish to remind those who missed out on participating that they can still contribute to the effort through an online donation at Orange County Food Bank."

Orange County Food Bank distributes over 15 million pounds of food each year to vulnerable people. Over 325 other charities rely on the Food Bank for the food they distribute.  Those organizations include churches, senior centers, shelters, community centers, and social service agencies. Those charities feed seniors on fixed incomes, disabled individuals, the unemployed, homeless persons, and the working poor. The Food Bank also feeds 1,400 people directly each day in communities throughout our county.  The Food Bank is part of a larger private non-profit community service organization – The Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC). CAPOC offers comprehensive services to address the emergency needs of people and provides opportunities for individuals to lift themselves out of poverty.  CAPOC operates two family resource centers and owns a child care facility that offers affordable care. Other services include emergency financial assistance, education, employment placement, computers for kids, health and fitness activities, energy conservation, and home repairs.

Arts Orange County is the leader in building appreciation, participation and support for the arts and arts education throughout Orange County, operating the comprehensive arts and cultural events website Spark OC, producing the annual Imagination Celebration and Orange County Arts Awards, and serving as the official local arts agency of the County of Orange and state-local partner of the California Arts Council.

Organizations participating in the Arts Can campaign:

Arts Orange County, Santa Ana
Casa Romantica Cultural Center & Gardens, San Clemente
The Chance Theatre, Anaheim
Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, Orange (#6 in amount of food collected)
Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, Laguna Beach
Hartfel Ballet, Orange
Hunger Artists Theatre Company, Fullerton
Irvine Barclay Theatre, Irvine
The Laguna Playhouse, Laguna Beach
The Living Tradition, Anaheim
MUZEO, Anaheim
Newport Harbor Nautical Museum, Newport Beach
North Orange County Community Concerts, Fullerton
Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana
Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa
Orange County Women’s Chorus, Irvine
Pacific Chorale, Santa Ana & Costa Mesa
Pacific Symphony, Santa Ana & Costa Mesa
Philharmonic Society of Orange County, Irvine & Costa Mesa
Placentia/Yorba Linda Unified School District, Placentia & Yorba Linda
Rude Guerilla Theater Company, Santa Ana
Soka University, Aliso Viejo
South Coast Repertory, Costa Mesa
Very Special Arts Orange County, Costa Mesa