COA Food Connection serves as a vehicle to share food
with individuals and families in our community who are struggling.
In 2016, Second Harvest Food Bank commissioned COA to concentrate on the San Clemente senior population. Community Outreach Alliance connects local senior citizens to the COA volunteers onsite at Cotton’s Senior Housing taking great measures to insure their safe distance protocol in conjunction with the OC Health Department COVID requirements.
In 2020, the Food Connection moved to a new location at the San Clemente Baha’i Center. The COA Board voted to fully overhaul the program in an effort to set standards and protocol for safe food handling, financial transparency and program sustainability.
Goal 1: Increase the outreach
Objective 1A: Corporate Sponsor(s) to offset monthly rent of $500.
Objective 1B: Provide additional financial resources for fuel reimbursement and incidental costs and overhead.
Goal 2: Recruit additional volunteers for senior bi-weekly outreach.
Objective 2A: Provide volunteer supervision.
Objective 2B: Increase program budget to hire Supervisor.
Objective 2C: Expand the program budget.
Emergency food is shared with love and respect for those who come for assistance. It is our intention that they receive not only food for their physical hunger, but generous portions of kindness and grace to feed their spiritual and emotional hunger also.
Molly Flores, Food Connection Co-Leader
Edgar and Molly Flores live in San Clemente, CA with their two sons Steven and Daniel Flores. They are actively involved in running a successful local family business and pride themselves on quality. These two are high school sweethearts and have been happily married for over 20 years.
They have been mentoring youth for many years taking on roles such as Youth Director, Assistant Youth Director, Football coach, Choir Director, Church President and now Youth Alliance Board members. Edgar and Molly believe that guiding and supporting our youth is key in securing a healthy future for everyone.
They believe that by keeping our youth active, happy, healthy and communicating, that we can stop many of our young people from making the wrong choices about drugs and alcohol
Sylvia Hassard-Johnson – Food Connection Co-Leader
Sylvia is from Donegal on the West Coast of Ireland. She was 18 when moved to the South of England where she studied Hotel and Catering Management, progressing onto flight catering and then eventually became a flight service manager with Virgin Atlantic Airways. After meeting her husband Jerome, who is a pilot for FedEx, she moved to California in 2002, subsequently getting married and having Xavier (17) and Ava (15), who are currently attending San Clemente High School.
Sylvia became aware of COA in 2017 and volunteered with Food Connection. Her role here is coordinating the donations from the local grocery stores through our volunteers and on to supplying our seniors and families in need.
She believes that it is essential to give back in life by helping others and promotes this in all aspects of her life.
Karen Grata, Food Connection Lead Volunteer