Serra’s Pantry Receives Award for Food Bank Services


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By Collin Breaux

Serra’s Pantry, which provides food to those in need, has been recognized as a Gold Certified Pantry by the Orange County Health Care Agency, under the Agency’s Pantry Program. State.

OCHCA presented an award to Serra’s Pantry on October 5. Serra’s Pantry is one of only three Gold-certified pantry shops in Orange County.

“Recognition is always nice,” Serra’s Pantry manager David Bordages said. “It’s really the volunteers who have made it all possible. Everyone is a volunteer here. We have about 80, on average. It is important that donors know that we are a class act and that we process the food we get very efficiently and effectively.

Serra Pantry Manager David Bordages receives an award Oct. 5 for being a Gold Certified Pantry by the Orange County Health Care Agency. Photo: Collin Breaux

Maridet Ibanez, administrative manager of OCHCA’s nutrition services program, said Serra’s Pantry collected and used customer feedback to improve pantry services, and also offered on-site nutrition education and reduced the food waste by offering reusable bags.

Serra’s Pantry is located at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano on Camino Capistrano and distributes donated food from grocery stores Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

“Last month, we distributed over 16 tons of products that were donated by stores,” Bordages said. “We welcome an average of sixty families per open day. The food arrives and we distribute it to the families.

People wishing to receive food must live in the nearby area and must provide a utility bill or some type of document proving residency.

Collin Breaux

Collin Breaux covers San Juan Capistrano and other southern Orange County news as editor of The Capistrano Dispatch. Before moving to California, he covered Hurricane Michael, politics and education in Panama City, Florida. He can be reached by email at [email protected].

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