Marconi Foundation for Kids has opened up its kitchen to Waste Not OC’s Food Recovery team in an effort to help feed those in need during COVID-19.

On March 16th CEO Bo Marconi read a Facebook post from OCC Program Director Alexandra Yates requesting help in finding a kitchen she and her team could use to prepare meals, after the college needed to close its doors to help flatten the curve for COVID-19.

Within a 24-hour period, Bo had contacted our in-house caterer White House Catering to get clearance for Alex and her team to use their on-site kitchen here at The Marconi, and got everything ready for Alex and her team to transfer locations from OCC College to The Marconi.

For the past week, OCC Food Recovery has made 500+ meals a day and has been distributing to it organizations such as Thomas House Shelter, Orangewood Foundation, Costa Mesa homeless shelters and assisted living facilities throughout Orange County. The team has also been making drop-offs to individual homes in the area who are struggling to feed their families.

The meals are being delivered on a first come, first serve basis. If your organization or family are in need of help please don’t hesitate to get in contact with OCC Program Director Alexandra Yates. Her email address is

The team is also in need of volunteers and monetary donations. If you would like to volunteer please click here to fill out a form through Waste Not OC – its sister site. And if you’re interested in donating, please click here.

The team could also use container donations for meal prep. If you can lend a hand in the storage department please contact Alexandra.

UPDATE: Sysco Riverside Donates 85 Pallets of Frozen Food

No, that’s not a typo! 87 FREAKING PALLETS OF FROZEN FOOD!

If you’re new to this story, Marconi Foundation for Kids has opened up its kitchen to @occ_food_recovery – a program dedicated to serving meals to those in need. They’ve been in our kitchen since last Tuesday (3/17) preparing meals and donating them to local organizations and individual families to those affected by COVID-19.

A huge thank you to Darlene Antoci over at Sundell and Associates for making the connection! Now, this is a way to end the week!

Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids is a class 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping at-risk kids. A portion of net proceeds from events booked at the museum and automotive tours are donated directly to at-risk children’s charities throughout Orange County. The Foundation has been serving its community since 1994. Learn more about our story, here.