Anaheim is a community that cares. Across the city, businesses of all sizes share a deep commitment to supporting meaningful causes. That philanthropic spirit is amplified during the holiday season, with Visit Anaheim uniting local tourism industry partners to give back.  

Last month, Visit Anaheim kicked off the giving season early with day of service packing boxes at the Orange County Food Bank.

"We have been participating with the food bank for four years and each year it’s gotten bigger and bigger," says Nancy Wells, Visit Anaheim's community relations liaison. "It brings that giveback culture to Visit Anaheim and to the other organizations in the area."

Visit Anaheim invites its own employees and individuals from partner companies to come together for the memorable volunteer opportunity. Nearly every tourism industry is represented during this impactful afternoon, from hotels, breweries and restaurants to transportation and production companies.

With 78 volunteers, the Visit Anaheim volunteer team packed 2,400 boxes of food in just a few hours. The team significantly surpassed last year's contribution of 1,530 boxes, making the service project an incredible success celebrated by all.

"The OC Food Bank is such a great way to make a positive impact by providing basic needs and strengthening their community," Wells adds. "It is an initiative of the Community Action Partnership, providing food for seniors, emergency food outreach and feeding the homeless."

The support of the food bank doesn't stop at just one day of service. Visit Anaheim also rallies its major hospitality partners for a friendly canned food drive competition in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. 

"Putting love and energy into packing and collecting food is a very tactile experience that raises awareness with the volunteers," Wells explains. "Giving starts somewhere, and we hope this carries through from that one giveback day to another opportunity. It just opens our eyes and makes us more aware of the need and how we can help."