IRVINE, Dec. 17, 2017 — There are more than 315,000 people in Orange County who are at risk of hunger each month, that according to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Most of the hungry are the working poor who are trying their best to provide food for their families, or seniors on fixed incomes who simply cannot make ends meet.
Working through a network of 190 non-profit partner agencies and programs, Second Harvest Food Bank is able to provide wholesome food and fresh produce to more than 250,000 hungry children, seniors and families in Orange County every month.
For the past 10 years SCMM members have supported the Roosters Foundation Holiday Food Drive in conjunction with the Second Harvest Food Bank. The food drive takes place on the Sunday before Christmas Eve, when 200-300 volunteers gather at the food bank’s Irvine warehouse to fill 3,000 boxes, each box containing enough food for a holiday meal to feed eight people.
For the MINI Maniacs, participating in the food drive began a decade ago when Lowell Dickson invited a few of his fellow SCMM members to join him at a Roosters Foundation food drive. The word spread and each year since, the group of MINI volunteers grew into what is now an annual event for the club.
Sadly, Dickson passed way in 2015, but the tradition he started with the club continues and this year 30 MINI Maniacs turned out to help fill the food boxes. In honor of Dickson, members have donated money to the Roosters Foundation in his memory. During the past year at club events, SCMM members dropped money into the “Rooster” or the pink piggy bank. Those dollars added up, and along with some checks, today SCMM Treasurer Nancy Homer presented the Roosters Foundation with a total donation of $2,300.