1,500 Pounds Of Food Stolen From OC Church Charity

(FOX 11 / CNS) A local charity is scrambling today to replace almost 1,500 pounds of food intended for needy kids on after it was stolen from storage sheds at a Garden Grove church, a newspaper reported.

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Employees of St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church arrived around 6a.m. Wednesday to find the locks to two storage sheds in the parking lot broken and the food inside gone, The Orange County Register reported.

The Santa Ana-based charity Grandmas House of Hope uses the sheds to store food for its Nana's Kidz program, which provides meals to kids enrolled in school lunch programs who cant afford to eat on weekends and after school, the Register reported. The charity uses the parking lot every first Saturday of the month to pack the food into bags.

The food-packing event Saturday is especially important, because students in the Homerun Heroes program and representatives of the Angels are supposed to help pack 5,600 meals.

"This is one of our biggest packing days, and we dont have any food, Grandmas House founder Jenet Kreitner told the Register. "What would take me a month to collect, I basically have to collect tomorrow.

The Orange County Food Bank and Buena Park-based Giving Children Hope have both reached out to Kreitner and said they would look at what they can spare from their inventory. She said she also plans to purchase as much food as she can from Costco today but is also asking for donations. Needed are non-perishables items such as peanut butter, individual containers of juice, canned fruit, canned chicken or roast beef and healthy snacks.

Kreitner told The Register that she will look for another location for food storage and the next packing event, which is scheduled for July.

Anyone who wishes to donate food can drop off non-perishable items between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on today at Grandmas House of Hope, 1505 E. 17th St. in Santa Ana. Monetary donations can made online at grandmashouseofhope.org.

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