IRVINE, Calif. – Around Southern California, consumers are foraging and stockpiling essentials.
But Rancho Mission Viejo resident Scott Maynard isn’t loading these boxes filled with supplemental food items for himself or even his family. He is packing his truck up to deliver them to children who might not get them otherwise.
“Helping out those in need. I’ve got elderly parents who can’t really go out, aren’t supposed to go out so getting this food out to the community, people who need it is important,” Maynard says.
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Volunteers like Maynard are lining up outside the Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine to deliver 7,000 boxes to after-school kids programs and senior centers.
While volunteering their time would be commendable in itself these new delivery people aren’t even Second Harvest volunteers. Due to social gathering restrictions, the Food Bank can’t have the hundreds of volunteers they would typically have congregate.
The coronavirus has forced the organization to change its entire delivery method. Maynard and his 14 fellow drivers are regular community members who found out about the Food Bank’s need on social media, giving their time and trucks.
“I was pretty amazed. I was happy to see the boxes are already packed. Usually I have to pack them myself. It was nice. This was in and out. I’m definitely going to do it again. This is painless,” Maynard says.
Like many, Maynard has been working from home. His delivery to the Warwick Square Apartments in Santa Ana is one of many deliveries, which Second Harvest expects to help over 4,500 seniors and 1,200 kids around Orange County.
“Everyone with a truck, if you can get out there and do this. It literally took me about an hour. So there’s no way you don’t have time in your day to do this,” Maynard says.
As he completes his delivery, Maynard is easily reminded of why he is choosing to give back.
“The most basic instincts are shelter and food. So I think it gives people a sense of calm when they know where their next meal is coming from,” Maynard says.
To donate or sign up to deliver, go to FeedOC.org.