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Local nonprofit ramps up its meal production to reach even more people suffering from food insecurity

Garden Grove, CA – While we are all dealing with an unprecedented pandemic that’s affecting the world, locally, those who are less fortunate and food insecure in Southern California are affected even more. 48% of kids are on a government-subsidized lunch program at school in Orange County, and all schools have been shut down. Many more people are hungry and out of work. Last week, a Marist poll for NPR and PBS, found that 18% of the adults surveyed were laid off or their work hours were reduced. And, for adults earning less than $50,000 a year, it was 25%.

In response to even more economic and social restrictions due to the coronavirus, Bracken’s Kitchen that recovers food and feeds those in need is stepping up its meal production to a goal of at least 25,000 meals a week. That’s nearly four times their average! They cannot do this alone. They are seeking donations to keep moving forward. They’ve changed their meal production at Bracken’s Kitchen to meet the need in our community.

“My heart and prayers goes out to each and every person whose life is being completely turned upside down by this invisible virus,” said Bill Bracken, Founder of Bracken’s Kitchen.

“But in spite of all of this please remember my friends. THIS TOO WILL PASS and life will go on. Now more than ever we will work to “Delivering Hope, One Tasty Meal At A Time.”

Bracken’s Kitchen is seeking donations to support their COvid-19 Response goals and can be made at

They would not be able to feed those in need without their partners and supporters such as Vesta Foodservice, OC Food Bank, West Coast Prime Meats, Waste Not OC Coalition, Pacific Restaurant Brokers- Sales & Leasing, Newport Meat, Mangia Foods and many more.

For more information about Bracken’s Kitchen, visit

About Bracken’s Kitchen:

The simple mission of Bracken’s Kitchen has remained unchanged since its beginning in 2013: through food recovery, culinary training and community feeding programs, Bracken’s Kitchen is committed to recovering, repurposing, and restoring both food and lives. In 2020 alone, the organization is dedicated to providing and serving over 600,000 hot, tasty, and nutritious meals, most of which for young children and students in after-school and community programs. 

Bracken’s Kitchen is located at 13941 Nautilus Drive in Garden Grove, CA 92843. 949.445.3585,