Food insecurity is a global issue that arises owing to systemic socioeconomic inequities and environmental constraints. To highlight the existence and the extent of food insecurity and food waste, the Orange County Health Department in Orange County, California, created a coalition called “Waste Not Orange County.” Orange County is the sixth most populous county in California and has the highest median income, yet 11.4% of those residing in Orange County are food insecure, and 24.0% live in poverty. The overall vision of the coalition is to mitigate hunger in Orange County by educating the community about food donations, identifying food-insecure individuals, and connecting those individuals to sources of food. We examine the coalition’s impacts between 2014 and 2016.

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Bernadet Garcia-Silva, MPH, Eric Handler, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Julia Wolfe, MPHAt the time of writing, Bernadet Garcia-Silva was with the Waste Not Orange County Coalition, Orange County Health Care Agency, Santa Ana, CA. Eric Handler is with the Orange County Health Care Agency. Julia Wolfe is with the Orange County Public Health Laboratory, Orange County Health Care Agency. “A Public–Private Partnership to Mitigate Food Insecurity and Food Waste in Orange County, California”, American Journal of Public Health 107, no. 1 (January 1, 2017): pp. 105-107.

https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2016.303450

PMID: 27736209