Senator Janet Nguyen and Local Businesses Unite to Help Needy Children Following Theft of 1,500 Pounds of Food

Friday, June 5, 2015

Following the theft of 1,500 pounds of food from the Santa Ana based non-profit Grandma’s House of Hope, Senator Janet Nguyen and local businesses have come together to donate $2,000 to replace the stolen items. The food was part of the Grandma’s House-Nana’s Kidz program, which provides food during the weekends and in the summer to children who live in motels and rely on school lunches and free lunch programs for meals.

“When I learned of this crime, I was truly heartbroken. To steal food from needy children who rely on these meals for their nourishment is unfathomable. As a mother of two young boys, I could not imagine seeing my children go without food, so I immediately sought to find a way to help,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.

According to reports, the food was being stored in sheds at St. Anselm of Canterbury Episcopal Church in Garden Grove until yesterday morning, when church staff found the shed locks broken and the food missing. As a result of this theft, Grandma’s House now has one day to collect one-month’s worth of food for a food-packing event scheduled for tomorrow.

In an effort to help, Senator Nguyen called on local businesses including: ABC Supermarket, A Dong Supermarket, Dong Phuong Tofu, and Saigon City Supermarket who all donated funds that will be used to restore the stolen food.

“I appreciate that these businesses have found it in their hearts to help me ensure that these children are not affected by this crime,” said Senator Janet Nguyen.  

Anyone who believes they have any information related to this crime should contact the Garden Grove Police Department.