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Cox Communications wants to curb hunger in O.C.

The company is partnering with the Orange County Rescue Mission on a 100,000 Meal Challenge.

BY JENNA SWEENEYPublished: November 05, 2010 10:35 AM

Cox Communications and the Orange County Rescue Mission are partnering on a Cox Cares 100,000 Meal Challenge that aims to curb hunger among the region’s at-risk residents.

“Every night in Orange County, more than 21,000 men, women and children go to bed without a roof over their heads,” said Orange County Rescue Mission President Jim Palmer. “More than 13 percent of the children in Orange County are living at or under national poverty levels. We are doing everything in our power to reach them and provide a hot meal and shelter, but we cannot do it alone.”

The goal of the campaign – which runs through Nov. 30 – is to provide 100,000 meals to Orange County residents in need.

“We can provide a hot meal to a hungry child for just $1.48,” Palmer said. “By donating $35 dollars to the Cox Cares 100,000 Meal Challenge, the Orange County Rescue Mission can provide 24 meals to sustain a struggling family.”

The Orange County Rescue Mission is providing a variety of donation options. Texting CoxCares to #20222 donates $10 to the cause. Food and basic care items can be donated at any drop-off location. Online donations can be submitted by visiting cox-cares.org.

“With the community’s help, we are confident that we can reach this goal to provide 100,000 meals through the Orange County Rescue Mission,” said Jim Leach, vice president of public affairs for Cox in Orange County. “Cox Communications understands the key role organizations like the Orange County Rescue Mission play in our community. As an Orange County business, anything we can do to help is not only our pleasure, but our duty.”

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