David Gima with donations

Irvine resident, David Gima is a 9th-grader who will be attending Northwood High School this fall.  He’s also  working towards becoming an Eagle Scout.  For his Eagle project, David coordinated a successful food drive in the Park Paseo and Canyon Creek communities.

David’s goal was to collect 1,000 pounds of food.  He and his team ended up collecting 3,763 pounds!

Although most Eagle Scout projects involve building something, David decided to organize the community food drive since our local food banks have been experiencing shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He began the project by coordinating with the Irvine-based nonprofit, Families Forward, to find out what they needed most.  Next, David recruited about 45 volunteers to help with the effort.  To keep everyone safe, he provided face masks and gloves to all of the volunteers.

David also reached out to Trader Joe’s and Sprouts to secure paper bags for the donated items.  Pavilions in the Orchard Hills Shopping Center at Culver and Portola donated $150 worth of food, and Albertsons at Cypress Village donated $50 worth of food.

David and his team created a flyer which was attached to each paper bag, instructing those who wanted to donate to fill the bag with items and then leave it on their doorstep for no-contact pickup.

Volunteers (Left to Right): Stephanie Warnock, Abby Warnock, Natalie William

On Wednesday (August 12th) volunteers distributed the bags to every house on their assigned street(s) by dropping them off on doorsteps (no physical interaction).

On Saturday (August 15th), the volunteers collected 344 bags and delivered them to David’s garage.  In addition to the donated food items, David was able to raise an extra $155 in donations for Families Forward.

The bags of food, along with the $155 worth of donations, were delivered to Families Forward on Monday (August 17th).

When asked about the project, David said, “I am grateful to everyone who volunteered their time and donated food items to make this project such a success.  I feel great that we were able to donate 344 bags to Families Forward.  And I’m also incredibly grateful that the Park Paseo and the Canyon Creek communities came together to give back to others.  It’s one of the reasons my family loves living here.  There’s such a sense of community!”

ICNV Staff