Community Activist Beats Depression By Giving Back to Low Income Families — Says, “Healing Comes Through Serving”
— 50-year old Robert Flournoy, founder of Loaves and Fishes x10, works with local farmers to give away more than 250,000 pounds of fresh produce every year to families in need. —
Orange County, CA — Depression is the clinical term for a person who is going through an emotional and physical disorder characterized by a general loss of interest and chronic feelings of sadness. Although Robert Flournoy was going through this disease, it didn’t detour him from his yearning to help others in need. Sixteen years ago in Santa Ana, a city that’s known for gangs and drugs, he was living in Tustin and started helping the homeless because this passion was greater than his situation. Their needs were more important than his own life struggle, so he made it his mission to see that they were taken care of and that they knew they had a friend. Robert unknowingly began his journey to fight hunger 17 years ago when he made a commitment to support these seven homeless people in Tustin, CA.
For an entire year, he primarily used his personal income, with a few donations from friends and family, to provide these individuals with hygiene products, food, and meals during the holidays and throughout the year. The thought of people being out in the cold would literally keep him awake at night, and sometimes he would go out at late hours, just to make sure they were alright. Through his tireless efforts he was able to convince some them to go back home to live with families. Robert was given the name Pastor Bob by the first homeless person he met. This name had spread to the point that spouses of the homeless looked for Pastor Bob just to find out where their significant other was because they had heard that he was taking care of them.
Irvine farm earns honor for local support of food donations
Last year, The Original Manassero Farms donated 250,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to feed those in need. State Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, is scheduled to honor the Irvine-based grower for its charity today at the Westminster Family Fitness Day, an annual event launched by the senator to promote exercise and healthy eating.Read more
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Juric: Appreciation comes through volunteering
–Patti Juric is a 38-year member of the community, a wife, mother, professional copywriter, health care advocate and a 14-year cervical cancer survivor. She currently lives in Mission Viejo with her husband of 10 years and their three young children.
Good Works: Volunteers harvest produce in Irvine
The nonprofit organization Loaves And Fishes x10 brought together a diverse group of volunteers recently to pick green beans and cucumbers that were then donated to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House.Read more
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Volunteers sought for gleaning in Irvine
Not-for-profit group Loaves and Fishes x10 is seeking volunteers to help with gleaning projects this summer to help feed those who are hungry. The group will be gleaning on The Original Manassero Farms and Orange County Great Park, both in Irvine, with more than 170 acres. Read more
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Irvine schools: Uni places in academic bowl
Food distributed to veterans, needy students On Friday, April 20, several Southern California groups came together to distribute food to Irvine Valley College veterans and needy students. Read more
SANTA ANA – Robert Flournoy has 800 boxes of stuffing and 2,500 pounds of potatoes to give the needy of Santa Ana a Thanksgiving turkey dinner next week. He just doesn’t have enough turkeys. Flournoy expects as many as 5,000 people to come for the all-day Thanksgiving event – a sign, he said, of how hard the economic recession has hit. He’s the director of the Path of Hope Foundation, which has been hosting the turkey dinners for 44 years. Read more
The foundation usually gets its turkeys donated from Costco and grocery stores, Flournoy said. But it expects demand this year to be far higher, and to outrun its turkey supply. Last year, it served around 1,600 turkey meals – less than half what it expects next week.
The economy “is hitting everybody now,” said Darryl Guzman, whose father Gus started the Path of Hope Foundation. “There’s a great need out there.”
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Teens’ winning recipe: Teamwork, practice and love
The idea was to cook a healthy meal that teens across American would want to eat at their school cafeterias to help defeat obesity and diabetes that can affect lower-income residents in places like Santa Ana and across the country. Read more
Three High School Inc. Students Win at National Culinary Competition
Monica Aguilar, culinary arts instructor at Valley High and business partner with High School Inc., provided an instrumental role in the overall development of the students’ customer service skills and program support. Read more
Ashley Blanco, Alejandro Hernandez and Ivan Lopez, senior Culinary Arts and Hospitality students in the High School Inc. Academies at Valley High School, were first-place winners in a recent competition in Washington, D.C. The team cooked a healthy meal that teens across American have indicated they would like to eat at their school cafeteria. This was part of a national organization that promotes healthy eating in schools to lower childhood obesity that is prevalent in the poor neighborhoods of Santa Ana and others across the nation. The Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce began its High School Inc. program five years ago in an effort to build a stronger economic base by empowering youth to train for careers before they graduate from high school. Among the people to help make this change for the academy students is,Natalie Vishny, President of Swellegant, a wedding and event planning company and Andres Batta, Allstate Financial Services Representative, Co Champions/Committee Chairs who have fostered career development, mentorship, and hands-on education. Others coaches, are Vince Kikugawa, Owner, Paradise Restaurant/Crowne Plaza Hotel; Patty Saldivar, Owner, Teresa’s Jewelers; Chef Anais Trudel, So Cal Farmers Market/Mix Mart;Rett LeMoult, retired, Morgan Stanley Citi Smith Barney; Jesse Baker, President, CoEfficiency Organization; Natalie Tong, California Restaurant Association Foundation;Sharon Barlow, Owner, Sharon & Sons Floor to Ceiling; Robert Flournoy, Loves and Fishes Organization, and Tyler Endres, Chef’s Toys.
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter is to support the non-profit organization Loaves & Fishes X 10 and the president, Mr. Robert Flournoy.
I am compelled to tell you that Mr. Flournoy has been very instrumental to our students and the High School Inc.,CulinaryArts & Hospitality Academy which includes 2,300 at-risk students inSanta AnaatValleyHigh School. We, the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce and theSanta AnaUnifiedSchool Districthave a partnership to develop the economic base for the City of Santa Ana. Our students are the poorest in theSanta AnaUnifiedSchool Districtand have the highest drop-out rate in the county. With our program, High School Inc. we provide hands-on training such as cooking in class that also includes oral presentation, pallet development, career exploration in the industry, and much more. We aim at the critical thinking and problem solving skills that are needed on the job besides culinary training.
Mr. Flournoy came to our aid when the school was without a budget to provide food for cooking labs. We calculated that we needed $500 in groceries per week for cooking labs at Valley High. Mr. Flornoy was so helpful and generous to provide for us that he has stayed on as a full-fledged academy member, we value his affiliation so much. He continues with us in many other ways that benefit the students. He provides field trips to the farms for gleaning, an important piece for culinary students to learn how produced is raised and harvested. He provides food for our competition team; see the attached article for information, as we have the national champions for Cooking Up Change, a national award that is given to top students who have made a school lunch, using cafeteria food selections and dietary restrictions. They have recently come fromWashingtonD.C. where they met with the U.S. Department of Education and made their award-winning dish for Congress.
Our success has been largely from Mr. Flournoy and others like him. We count of their involvement and their commitment to help us from training techniques, food preparations and food. We are so pleased to have made connections with Loaves & Fishes x 10. It is an organization that truly cares about the community.
I completely support what Loaves & Fishes x 10 provides for the greater good of the community. If you can support him as well, I know you will not have any reservations.
High School Inc. Academies
The Great Recession created a long list of economic hardships for Orange County residents, including, sadly, hunger.Many people simply don’t understand the significant impact hunger has on our community. Hunger doesn’t just exist in small pockets of society, in certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods — it’s everywhere. Read more
The ancient practice of gleaning helps feed OC needy population
BY LESLIE BERKMAN OCTOBER 12, 2015
Exploring The Original Manassero Farms
by Cheryl Honig.
The feeling starts in your feet as you step out of your car onto the gravel parking lot. It works its way up to your fingers and nose as you stroll through the herbs, feel their textures, and savor their aromas. You sense this is a special place because you feel transported and calm at the same time.
Gazing out to the fields reminds you that this is the stuff that has been sustaining the human race since the beginning of time — fresh fruits and vegetables. This field (the Irvine Market location along Jeffrey Road, next to Irvine Valley College) is courtesy of Dan and Anne Manassero, part of a third-generation farming family that has been growing the tastiest strawberries and other wonderful produce since 1922.
But they do much more than grow and sell it. They give it away, too! The Original Manassero Farms has partnered with Loaves and Fishes X10 to distribute donated fresh produce to food pantries and food banks across Orange County — 250,000 pounds were donated in 2014. That’s a lot of harvesting…and heart!
The Manasseros have succeeded in helping us escape the frenzy of modern life by creating their Irvine Market location, where you can browse shelves of jams and preserves, canned veggies, raw organic honey, and specialty salsas. But there’s more — try “Breakfast in the Barn,” learn a thing or two at a “Farm to Fork” cooking class, or design a “Pick Your Own Event” for any occasion. By supporting The Original Manassero Farms, we uplift the entire community. That’s a good and tasty thing to do! Visit http://www.manasserofarms.com/ to learn more.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Donation
Thanks to Robert Flournoy, President of Loaves and Fishes x10 for generously donating fresh fruit and vegetables to the Orange County Ronald McDonald House this weekend! He brought freshly picked green beans, zucchini, fresh cucumbers, and apples. The families love having fresh produce in the Ronald McDonald House kitchen, and this donation was very much appreciated! Loaves and Fishes x10 has generously offered to supply the Orange County Ronald McDonald House with fresh produce on a regular basis!
Orange County Ronald McDonald House
The Original Manassero Farms has partnered with Loaves and Fishesx10 to stomp out hunger through their ongoing gleaning/harvesting projects. Read moreLoaves and Fishesx10 deliver donations to food pantries around Orange County to glean/harvest free, fresh produce for the low income communities they serve. Loaves and Fishesx10 also partners with local food banks to arrange for community food distributions that help provide families with a week’s worth of food. If you would like to join the cause or learn more contact Robert Flournoy at www.loavesandfishesX10.com[/read]
ACROSS THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA:
Irvine Valley College
Classified Senate Campus
and Community Outreach
Irvine Valley College Senate members Carol Danna, Robert Flournoy and Vince Cooper have been instrumental in leading their peers in making a difference on their campus and in the local community.Read moreCarol has organized IVC employees to participate in the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. “Two years ago I went to the distribution center by myself and was so moved that I wanted to take my friends the following year to share the joy of giving to children in need. Last year, I took 20 classified staff members and friends with me and this year I’m confident we will have 50” said Carol Danna. Our goals for this season are to donate 100 filled boxes for boys and girls and provide 50 volunteers to spend one evening filling and loading shoeboxes for shipment. The boxes are typically filled with toiletries, school supplies, hard candies and a toy. They are shipped worldwide to needy children around the globe. Robert and Vince are doing outstanding work providing food for veterans and E.O.P.S. students and their families at Irvine Valley College. Fresh vegetables, fruit, canned goods, rice, beans and cereal were collected from college employees, local food banks and farmers. It was a team effort to collect the various food items, sort the goods into boxes and distribute them to the recipients. Each family received approximately sixty pounds of food and other basic necessities. Returning veterans from the war currently attending college are going through a difficult time in this economy. They do receive financial assistance for their tuition, but it is difficult for veterans to find work to help make ends meet. Robert and Vince, with the assistance of the Classified Senate, have created a team effort to collect, sort, and distribute donations to those who need help the most. IVC will be hosting another food drive with a distribution scheduled for Friday, December 7, 2012. In addition, Robert also coordinates with local farmers to glean their fields of fruits and vegetables that are transported and donated to local food banks for needy families. As stated by IVC Classified Senate President, Dennis Gordon, “One of our goals as a Classified Senate has been to increase our awareness of the needs of individuals and families on our campus and in our local community. Our participation and volunteerism is not just a way to give back to the campus and local community, but also provide our members a spiritual feeling of doing well.