When people think of Orange County, images of Disneyland, beautiful beaches, custom yachts, and good times come to mind. Orange County is a unique and wonderful mecca and those are real images of the wonderful side of life here. However, mixed among the sand, sun and palm trees you will find a harsh reality: hunger . . . Real hunger is as abundant in Orange County as the sandy beaches.
While the face of hunger has changed over the years, the problem still exists. The ongoing economic challenges that we face has had a profound impact across a broad spectrum of people over the past five years. Many of the people who once could be relied upon to give in support of hunger relief are now standing in lines for help. Many of those who were in need five years ago are much worse off today.
The goal of Bracken’s Kitchen is to address the issue of food insecurity in Orange County through the use of mobile kitchens or food trucks. With the growing popularity of these “restaurants on wheels’’ we hope to bring a high quality and healthy meal to those who need it most. Equally important is our goal to feed that great meal in a dignified and fun environment that truly creates a wonderful and positive experience.
We have chosen to collaborate with other like-minded organizations who provide a multitude of services to the less fortunate with food not being one of them. In doing so, we are able to enhance the support and services that these people get while removing the barriers of qualifying a person’s need.
As we grow our business, we will strive to have a bigger impact on hunger by becoming a place of employment for those who would work for and with us. As the age old saying goes, give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
Bracken’s Kitchen is Newsong’s Check in for Charity for the month of October – for every check-in on Facebook or tag on Instagram, we’ll be giving $1 to support their efforts. To learn more ways you can get involved with what they’re doing, please visit brackenskitchen.com