If you are seeking emergency groceries, we are here to help. Every Wednesday we give out food so that you can go home and feed your family. Let us know if you are homeless so we can prepare food for you to eat without needing to cook or prepare.

Hours and Times:

Wednesday’s at 8:15am at 3512 E. Chapman Ave., Orange,CA

What is a food pantry? 

A food pantry is a charitable organization that distributes food and other products directly to those in need. Usually based on emergency or short term basis. (This is what we do!)

What is a food bank? 

A nonprofit that solicits, receives, inventories, stores and distributes food and other products to various charitable agencies which tends to charge a fee to agencies in order to cover their costs.

The differences between food pantries and food banks are these: 

As an agency, we do not charge a fee but we do pay a fee for food received from our food bank. We are very thankful for the food we are able to get but we do still pay agency fees which for us can be anywhere from 600.00 to 800.00 per month. A food pantry is where the local community can come and receive food for themselves and their family for no cost so we get to know the people personally (which we all love). A food pantry keeps the food local to those in the area of the location or the general surrounding area.

What is fresh rescue and why do we do it?

In a partnership with Second Harvest and other stores such as Chipotle, Starbucks, Pacific Ranch Market and other organizations, we collect fresh meat, dairy, fresh produce that would otherwise be disposed of every week.  In 2011, YAS collected a total of 309,000 pounds of food.

Food waste is a problem in California and could be used for pantries such as ours.

California Watch on Food Waste (Article below)

Farmers, restaurants and supermarkets throw away millions of tons of edible food each year at a time when a growing number of Californians struggle to put food on the table.

State studies have found that more than six million tons of food products are dumped annually, enough to fill the Staples Center in Los Angeles 35 times over. Food is the largest single source of waste in California, making up 15.5 percent of the Golden State’s waste stream, according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

FarmPlate A Look at Waste in California (Article below)

In California, more than 6 million tons of food products are thrown away every year by farms, restaurants and supermarkets. Food shelters, on the other hand, do not have the supply to meet the ever-increasing demand.

See Dive the documentary.

Give us a call or send an email we will come pick up your food! info@youarespecial.org or 714-863-6058