La Colonia neighborhood near Anaheim gets a food pantry to help feed those in need – Orange County Register

La Colonia Market opened quietly late last month, providing free food to those in need who live in a poor, unincorporated county area bordered by Anaheim, Garden Grove and Stanton.

On Thursday, Dec. 7, the 15-by-20-foot food pantry will be introduced to the community at a grand opening.

La Colonia Market, which opened Nov. 20, is the third such community market — or permanent food pantry — launched in the past two years by Second Harvest Food Bank. The concept allows people to browse the cheery pantry and select fresh produce and other food items on their own rather than be handed an already packed bag or box of groceries.

But La Colonia Market is a little different from the Second Harvest community markets affiliated with schools in Anaheim and Santa Ana. This time, Second Harvest is partnering with the county’s other food bank operator, Community Action Partnership of Orange County, which is housing La Colonia Market in the Anaheim Independencia Family Resource Center.

The La Colonia Independencia neighborhood is a generations-old Latino immigrant community near Katella Avenue and Gilbert Street, part of the so-called Anaheim Island made up of several unincorporated neighborhoods.

Most of the people who will be served by the free food market named after the neighborhood will be working poor individuals and families, a part of the more than 315,000 people in Orange County at risk of hunger, according to Second Harvest and Community Action Partnership. So far, 119 households are accessing the food at La Colonia Market.

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