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OC Food Access Coalition

 1505 E. 17th St., Ste. 219
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 564-9525
[F] (714) 884-3635
[email protected]
Christina Hall
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Organization DBA --
Former Names Volunteer Center of Orange County (2007)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-2021700 00003


Mission StatementMORE »

OC Food Access Coalition is a catalyst to support and expand access to healthy food. 

Mission Statement

OC Food Access Coalition is a catalyst to support and expand access to healthy food. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $200,342.00
Projected Revenue $242,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Advocacy and Research
  • Food with Friends
  • The Harvest Club
  • OC Farm to School Task Force
  • Food Justice Academy

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Mission Statement

OC Food Access Coalition is a catalyst to support and expand access to healthy food. 

Background Statement

The Orange County Food Access Coalition (OCFAC) was founded in 2010 in response to a call for county–wide coordinated action to create the conditions under which healthy, locally sourced food can make its way into the kitchens, hands and mouths of people who need it most in our community.

Orange County Food Access Coalition has effective programs and initiatives that focus both on near-term solutions to address the current lack of access to healthy food, and long-term systemic change that help establish policies, infrastructure, and partnerships to support a healthful and affordable food system. 

OCFAC is a respected partner among nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, local businesses, and community groups. It coordinates regional action to improve food access to low-income residents; educates policy makers and the public about the food system; conducts research to fill gaps in available information related to food security in our community; and identifies opportunities for collaborative endeavors to enhance the sustainability of our food system and the health of our community.

Impact Statement

We coordinate local/regional partners to find innovative solutions to food insecurity in OC. Our partners represent nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, local businesses, and community groups that come together with a common purpose to create a transformed food system. We have designed our programs to focus both on near-term solutions to address the current lack of access to healthy food and to help establish policies and partnerships that will support long-term systemic change throughout the region. Our direct impact can be seen through our programs:  

Farm to School Task Force: Institutionally shift the landscape of food in our K-12 schools by increasing the consumption of fruits and vegetables, increase food literacy by connecting students with the source of their food and increasing the procurement of local food, supporting local farmers.

Food Policy Council: Connect food system stakeholders in the county, facilitate research such as a community food assessment and reports that will enlighten legislators, agencies and others working in the food justice space, facilitate capacity building and lead the effort for equitable food system related policy. As a founding member of the state-level California Food Policy Council, we collaborate with our regional and state-level counterparts for large-scale system change.

Real Meals: It is vital to provide nutrition and not just calories to vulnerable people. To help families become self-sufficient we provide culinary and nutrition classes, including pantry basics. Our Food With Friends subprogram is focused on older adults to increase their health through nutrition/cooking education but to also reduce social isolation.  

The Harvest Club: This backyard gleaning program redirects tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, excess produce from residential growers to low-income families through community based pantries, churches and soup kitchens.

Needs Statement

General Operations Funding
Program Support
Research & Report Writing 

CEO Statement

We use a collaborative model that addresses root causes of obstacles to healthy food access, involving stakeholders across business, agriculture, academia, NGOs, and government. There is an urgent need for shifts in policy and systems that change the landscape of food access and this model combats silo mentality, eliminates redundancies in services and transcends limited "band-aid" types of assistance. Our goal is to make the healthy choice the easy choice by changing the conversation about solutions to hunger and increase effective action at all levels. 

Board Chair Statement

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

There are many ways to get involved with OC Food Access! Donate to Support our mission by making a financial or in-kind donation. Please contact us by phone at 714-564-9525 to make an in-kind donation of equipment, services or products.  Financial contributions can be made through our fiscal sponsor, OneOC either by mail or through this website.   Volunteer with our Harvest Club Program:  

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Our organization serves all of Orange County.

Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Nutrition
  2. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Alliances & Advocacy
  3. -



Advocacy and Research

Workgroup Convening

Coalitions for More Effective Action have been developed to address issues strategically for long-term solutions. These groups connect food system stakeholders, facilitate research for those working in the food justice space, provide capacity building workshops, and share research findings with the public and local officials that allow us to build the case for interventions. We also work to increase civic participation at the municipal, state and federal levels to facilitate change. In addition, we collaborate with regional and state-level counterparts for large-scale system change, representing OC in policy matters to make sure the unique needs of our community are represented.


Food Providers Forum  
This network was created to facilitate greater coordination among food providers in the county, much like the Orange County Hunger Coalition used to do. Anyone serving the hungry in any capacity is welcome to attend meetings and events of this group in order to network, share resources, receive technical training and learn to be stronger hunger advocates in our community.
CA Food Policy Council
OCFAC represents Orange County at the state food policy council. The goals of this council include capacity building related to farming, natural resources and food insecurity. 
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success  Short term success of this program will allow for the food system stakeholders of the county to be connected and work towards a common goal in a collaborative way. OCFAC will utilize this collaboration to develop a Roadmap to Ending Hunger in Orange County. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success of this program will be that we understand the components and compounding factors that contribute to food insecurity in Orange County and have built solutions that allow individuals to dignified access to affordable, nutritious food. This would allow our "emergency" food system to again be utilized for emergencies rather than as a long-term solution to food insecurity and hunger.
Program Success Monitored By  Success is monitored by regular meetings including action items and tasks for staff of OCFAC and those participating in workgroups. Also included in this is a yearly survey to assess the success of the year's activities and determine what new priorities should be set for the following year. 
Examples of Program Success 
Successes this year include:
1. Facilitation of 4 Food Provider Forum Meetings where local food distribution agencies participated in capacity-building and networking activities. Average attendance at each meeting is 40+.
2.  Convening of an annual research presentation session where local student researchers are able to present their findings of various food-related research based in Orange County.
3. Attendance at state-level CA Food Policy Council meetings and the creation of a Southern California regional meetings that allow local food policy council bodies to work on regional food access issues.  

Food with Friends

This program provides cooking and nutrition classes to low-income seniors to help them improve their diets on a budget and decrease social isolation for better physical and mental health. A healthy diet that incorporates fresh food full of vitamins and nutrients can be an important factor in reducing the risk of chronic disease and stroke, increasing energy levels, strengthening bones, and keeping seniors strong and vital for longer independent living. Teaching them to create simple but healthy meals within their range of ability encourages a shift in how they think about meals and meal preparation while facilitating the creation of new habits for permanent changes in diet and health. Just as importantly, sharing food is a natural and crucial bonding experience. The group activities in the context of cooking classes can help seniors vulnerable to isolation/depression to look forward to sharing meal preparation and consumption with others, creating bonds that last far beyond class time. 
Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Nutrition
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  In 2017, this program provided 46 classes to over 300 participants at four low-income senior living facilities throughout Orange County. We receive calls regularly from other facilities that would like us to bring our program to their seniors and have been able to expand in 2018 to 5 sites. So far in 2018 we have held 24 classes serving181 participants.
Program Long-Term Success  The participants of our classes have reported feeling healthier and better-equipped to manage their nutrition after attending our classes. They have also expressed appreciation for the environment we provide, with good, healthy food and opportunities to interact and bond over these learning experiences. After each class, numerous participants tell us that Food with Friends is their favorite program that they have access to and that they eagerly await each session. When asked about making the recipes outside of class, participants are often excited to their their experiences recreating the dishes or making use of the ingredients we focus on, including variations they have tried or new positive routings they have begun to incorporate.
Program Success Monitored By  Class attendance, conversations with participants, regular evaluations
Examples of Program Success  --

The Harvest Club

The Harvest Club of Orange County is a residential gleaning program that harvests excess fruit and vegetables from the backyards of Orange County residents and delivers it to our local network of emergency food providers feeding our neighbors in need.

We have harvested over 400,000 pounds of fresh produce that would have otherwise gone to waste was donated to those in need. This program helps to build community awareness of hunger and how fresh produce is vital to increasing public health. 

Budget  $75,000.00
Category  Public, Society Benefit, General/Other Public, Society Benefit, General/Other
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  Our goals for 2018 include harvesting 75,000 pounds of fresh produce and distributing it to the emergency food distribution network in Orange County. This will provide 200,250 servings of fruits and vegetables to those that are food insecure. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success of this program would ideally be an Orange County where everyone that has a fruit tree, vegetable garden or some other means of food production shares the excess with a food pantry, their neighbors or through some type of community produce exchange. 
Program Success Monitored By  We track each of our harvest events and produce a detailed yearly report of the number, location and types of harvests that we engage in. 
Examples of Program Success 
Our program has consistently grown year after year both in number of harvests and number of volunteers. 

OC Farm to School Task Force

The Orange County Farm to School Task Force is a collaboration of local food service directors, farmers, non-profit agencies and the CA and OC Departments of Education. This group is working together in order to increase local procurement of fruits, vegetables and other farm products by the school districts while also increasing the consumption of these healthy items by students at those schools. 
Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Other Named Groups
Program Short-Term Success  By the end of school year 2017-2018, the OC Farm to School Task Force will participate in School Wellness Committees in Santa Ana, Anaheim, and Garden Grove to make sure that the decisions on wellness policies take all best practices into consideration. By the end of the 2018 calendar year, we will update our WellSat study for all districts in OC. 
Program Long-Term Success  The long term success of this program will be shown when it becomes a Farm to Institution program that incorporates local purchasing policies at our schools, preschools, hospitals, large corporations and government offices. All preschools, early childhood education, K-12 schools and post-secondary education facilities will also have school gardens onsite where students will be food literate, be taught nutrition education and eat this local, nutritious food. The goal is increased public health - healthier students, patients, seniors, community members and incarcerated individuals. 
Program Success Monitored By  There is a standardized Farm to School evaluation model that the Orange County Farm to School Task Force will utilize. There are monthly meetings to assess current activities, their relevance and what the ongoing tasks of the group should be. Surveys are also utilized. 
Examples of Program Success  Development of a strong multi-sectoral Farm to School Task Force that incorporates school food service directors, food policy advocates, food retail, food distribution, farmers, emergency food agencies and other community organizations. A baseline survey of farm to school activities and a baseline survey of school breakfast activities was been completed in 2014 and updates are made yearly. 

Food Justice Academy

Resident Leadership & Engagement 

The OCFAC Food Justice Academy will provide the opportunity for community members to foster their leadership abilities through conversations related to food topics. Sessions will begin with an introduction to community building principles along with a general food systems course. The sessions will build upon the importance of community leadership and advocacy contingent upon health outcomes in their communities. Theses session intends to build strong foundations in community leaders who are interested in challenging the current food system within their communities to voice their concerns through their personal stories.
Budget  $60,000.00
Category  Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, General/Other
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Our first resident leaders have just completed their training and are working on determining their first project and how they want to complete it. Short-term success will be achieved as they work on this project and then present it back to new resident leaders as an example. These first leaders will become mentors to the future cohorts. 
Program Long-Term Success  Long term success will be that more community leaders are guiding policy and environmental changes that create positive public health improvements in their cities, school districts, and beyond. 
Program Success Monitored By  Not only will numbers of leaders be considered, but feedback from the leaders will be vital in moving the program forward. We need to know what worked while they completed their projects. As we will continue working with them through the project implementation we will understand what additional tools and trainings the leaders need. 
Examples of Program Success  Resident leaders from our first academy shared how understanding the city and state decision making processes helped them set realistic expectations on how long projects might take. 


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Christina J. Hall
CEO Term Start Aug 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Ms. Hall has a BS in Biology and a MA in Urban Sustainability. She has been serving in multiple capacities at OCFAC for the past eight years. 

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Gillian Poe Aug 2010 July 2014

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Christina Hall Program Coordinator --


Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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OCFAC's Collaborators
2-1-1 Orange County 
Anaheim Elementary School District 
Anaheim YMCA 
Cal State University, Fullerton
California Association of Food Banks 
California Food Policy Advocates 
California Food Policy Council 
Community Action Partnership of Orange County
Cultivate Together 
Garden Grove Unified School District 
Heritage Museum of Orange County 
Orange County Department of Education
Orange County Food Bank 
Orange County Health Care Agency 
Orange County United Way 
Santa Ana Unified School District 
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County 
Teen Space 
University of California, Irvine 
Whole Foods Market 

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 1,100
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 67%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 3
Male: 0
Not Specified 1

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers 2
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Bob Hurley
Board Chair Company Affiliation Beckman Coulter (Retired)
Board Chair Term June 2017 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Sherry Benjamins S. Benjamins & Company --
Jeff Black McDermott & Bull Executive Search --
David Copley Ernst and Young --
Peter Duncan HUB International --
Andrew Euser Ventura Foods --
Bassam Fawaz Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company (PAAMCO) --
Paul Feuerborn Capital Group/American Funds --
Shellie Frey Golden State Foods --
Pam Hedges Hedges & Associates --
Heather Herd Rutan & Tucker, LLP Voting
John Hogan David Evans and Associates, Inc. --
Bob Hurley Beckman Coulter --
Micah Jindal The Boston Consulting Group --
Daniel J. McQuaid OneOC Voting
Joseph Mishriki Wells Fargo --
Tennyson Oyler Pacific Life Foundation --
Arnold Pinkston Community Volunteer --
Kathy Quintana HUB International Insurance Services, Inc. --
Dawn Reese The Wooden Floor --
Rob Reindl Rob Reindl Consulting Services, Inc. --
Amy Sfreddo Orange County Business Journal --
Todd Talbot Fluidmaster --
Mark Tillotson KPMG, LLP Voting
Steven Vogeding Boeing Capital Corporation Voting
Michael Wagschal US Trust, Bank of America --
Jamie Wheeler Edwards Lifesciences --
Henry Williamson Stretch Digital --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Kelly Alesi Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County --
Dolores Barrett Community Action Partnership of Orange County --
Dwight Detter Whole Foods Market --
Dr. Sara Johnson Cal State University Fullerton --
Mark Lowry Orange County Food Bank --
Dr Anu Prakash Chapman University Voting

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 2
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 9
Male: 18
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 85%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments

Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $242,500.00
Projected Expenses $200,342.00
Form 990s

2016 OneOC990

2015 OneOC990

2014 OneOC990

2013 OneOC990

Audit Documents

2016 OneOC AuditedFinancialStatemenet

2015 OneOC Audited Financial Statements

2014 OneOCAuditedFinancials

2013 OneOCAuditedFinancialStatement

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $291,536 $166,680 $211,930
Total Expenses $206,818 $160,866 $165,389

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$119,703 -- $171,550
Government Contributions $117,681 $165,575 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $117,681 $165,575 --
Individual Contributions -- $1,105 $871
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events -- -- $1,018
Revenue In-Kind $1,961 -- --
Other $52,191 -- $38,487

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $179,070 $139,790 $148,114
Administration Expense $26,951 $21,076 $17,274
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.41 1.04 1.28
Program Expense/Total Expenses 87% 87% 90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets -- $52,191 --
Current Assets -- -- --
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $84,718 $52,191 --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities nan nan nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets nan% 0% nan%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments

The OC Food Access Coalition is dedicated to the sustainability of its valuable services for the long term. We are working to ensure diverse sources of funding as well as building a strong staff team and cultivating community partnerships. Our organization receives substantial in kind contributions, including supplies and volunteer time for The Harvest Club from individuals and companies such as PIMCO, Pacific Life, and Google. Whole Foods Market has been an incredible partner to us and have donated their 5% Community Giving day to OCFAC in January 2018. We are also working in partnership with our local universities, including UC, Irvine, Cal State University Fullerton, and Chapman University to give practical experience to their students. 

We prefer to ensure organizational sustainability through innovative means. One of these is we take part in the Shared Spaces nonprofit center movement as a tenant at The Village at 17th Street in Santa Ana. Shared Spaces promotes sustainable workspace for nonprofits and strengthens nonprofit capacity by reducing costs through low and stable rent, and shared services and facilities. OCFAC is also reducing costs in order to strengthen its programs by utilizing the fiscal sponsorship of OneOC.

We are currently in the process of expanding fund development efforts in 2018, including targeted outreach to individual donors and approaching local private and corporate foundations for financial support.

Foundation Comments

The OC Food Access Coalition is fiscally sponsored by OneOC.  The financials shown for 2012 and 2013 are for OneOC.  The financials for 2015 are specific to OC Food Access Coalition.  The 990s are for OneOC.


Other Documents

OCFAC Information Sheet (2018)

OCFAC Impact Report (2017)

OCFAC Impact Report (2016)

No Other Documents currently available.