When the recession and housing crash began to become a tangible
reality in 2010, four friends were looking for solutions for the
scary new world the American middle class faced all of a sudden.
Out of work and with real estate prices crashing, many middle class
families found themselves in unexpected trouble and even running out
of means to provide much needed food. It became apparent that help
was needed. The idea of a food distribution program was born.
We approached the President of the Los Angeles Turners, Carole
Kulzer-Brennan. The Los Angeles
Turners have been around for 140 years, founded in 1871, and
have always had a strong social engagement. Carole Kulzer-Brennan
was very supportive of the idea, and together with the Christian
donation Center in Los Angeles and the Second Harvest Food bank in
Orange County, who offered their generous support as well, and with
the help of many other friends we began distributing food. The
program grew naturally during these most difficult economic times,
almost doubling the food distribution in one short year. Currently
the Los Angeles Turners still have a special fund for donations to
their “Feed the Needy” program.
When we were a year into the operation it became apparent that we
had to start our own charity. This was the birth of the California
Outreach Organization, Inc. The Secretary of state incorporated the
nonprofit public benefit corporation in July 2011. It is not
organized for the private gain of any person. The specific purpose
is to support and feed people in need, especially the elderly and
families with children.
Jonathan Joss is the
Voice for California Outreach Organization
The renowned Native American Actor Jonathan Joss, known as the voice of
“John Redcorn” in the animated Show “King of the Hill” and his current
role as Ken Hotate on "Parks and Recreation" is the voice for California
Outreach Organization in Paramount. The Non-profit Organization
feeds the needy in Orange County and Greater Los Angeles. Jonathan
Joss, who has his own product line of Spices - “King of the Grill”, will
work with California Outreach on different Projects and he will donate
parts of proceeds from product sales to the Organization.
California Outreach Organization helps
Soaring Poverty causes malnutrition
and hunger Almost 50 Million Americans are
officially in poverty – Real numbers are estimated to be much higher
(OC, Feb. 2012) As California Outreach
Organization, a non-profit Organization with the mission to feed the
needy reports, the numbers of Americans in need are soaring.
Another 2.6 Million Americans slipped below the poverty line last year,
according to the US census bureau. This brings the official number
of Americans who live below poverty level up to 46.2 million. This is
the highest number in the 52 years the bureau has published figures.