Countywide : Drive Nets 70,000 Pounds of Food

The Food Distribution Center’s annual Corporate Challenge Food Drive collected nearly 70,000 pounds of food, officials said.

More than 50 companies and 42,800 employees contributed dry and canned foods to the drive, which ended last month.

The food was inspected and sorted by center officials and will be distributed to more than 260 charities in Orange County, including the Salvation Army, Mental Health Assn., homeless services groups and homes for unwed mothers.

About 180,000 people a month receive food from the distribution center.


Employees from McDonnell-Douglas in Huntington Beach donated the most food of any company--18,000 pounds.

Center officials said the drive was held in the summer because that is when the need is greatest, especially among children, who do not receive free school lunches.

Anyone interested in donating non-perishable foods to the center, 426-A W. Almond St., can call (714) 771-1343.