Whom do we Serve? / ¿A quién servimos?

A 2018 Update

About two years ago, I posted a study of the demographics of the people to whom we were distributing food two Saturday mornings a month at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church. That study is still available, but I will now attempt to present the some more current statistics...

We sometimes wonder: Just who are the people we serve two Saturday mornings a month, when we distribute groceries from the Second Harvest Food Bank? Here are some very unscientific guesstimates, based on my study of the "sign-in sheets" on which we ask recipients to fill in their names, addresses and numbers of family members...


I've often told people, when they ask me, that our neighbors in SW Fullerton are about 75 or 80 per cent "hispanoparlante" or "latino". That's based on the kids I see coming to Learning Center, as well as the folks we see at Saturday morning food distributions.

I just did a quick tally of the 108 people who picked up food at our July 21, 2018, reparto. Here are my guesstimates, based on people's last names on the sign-in sheets...

59Latino / Hispanic
30Vietnamese / Chinese

My guesses on ethnicity are very unscientific. Some of those "Vietnamese" names could actually be Chinese or Korean. The women's surnames can be the names of their hubbies. ¡Servimos a todos, no importando su origen! We serve everybody, no matter what their background!

The statistics above indicate that we serve about 55% Latinos, a downward shift from two years ago.


The following numbers show WHERE our food recipients live. Maybe I should make the title of this page "¿A dónde servimos?"

During the same reparto, the sign-in sheets (not always legible!) indicated WHERE people said they lived...

Our church is located in Fullerton’s zip code 92833, and 37 recipients said they live in this zip code. Quite a few of them live next door at the Fullerton Villas.

The adjacent Anaheim zip code, where I live, is 92801. Its northernmost edge is less than a half mile south of OUMC. 15 recipients said they live in 92801.

Some other nearby zip codes with a fair numer of food recipients were:


OUMC isn’t the only location in this area which distributes mobile pantry food. A quick look at a Second Harvest map yielded the following nearby distribution points:

There are several more places, not much farther away, who also distribute Second Harvest food at various times. I don’t know what sort of requirements food recipients must meet at any of these places. We give food to all those who come and ask for it. Information as to where and when people can get free groceries is readily available through various channels.

Chuck Carey
July 2018