UPS, First 5 OC Lead Countywide Diaper Drive to Help Struggling Families

UPS, First 5 OC Lead Countywide Diaper Drive to Help Struggling Families

 

One in Three Families Struggle with diaper Affordability

May 8, 2020 (Irvine, CA) –  HomeAid Orange County, in partnership with the First 5 Orange County, announced the 13th Annual HomeAid Essentials Diaper Drive will take place starting Mother’s Day, May 10, through June 5th directly benefitting local families facing homelessness. The countywide campaign, led by Essentials Chairperson Oliver Jones of United Parcel Service (UPS), is shifting to a largely digital effort this year, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals or businesses can make online monetary donations that will be used to purchase diapers, wipes, and baby food, or they can buy diapers online from Abby & Finn, a diaper subscription company.

“In order to minimize personal contact and ensure the safety of the families we serve, we’ve pivoted to allow individuals and businesses to support this important cause online,” Jones said. “One of UPS’s strongest commitments is to support the communities we serve. The annual drive is the perfect example of our engagement.” Businesses and community groups can choose to host a collection site for donations of diapers, wipes, and baby food, but should sign up in advance on homeaidessentials.org. On June 1st arrangements will be made for pickup. 

“Now, more than ever, the pandemic is highlighting the tough choices vulnerable families must face,” said Kim Goll, president of First 5 Orange County, which has been a longtime partner of HomeAid Orange County. “The Essentials Drive gives the entire community a chance to donate essential baby items that we might take for granted, but that can give struggling parents some peace of mind.” Since the start of the drive 13 years ago, items collected annually have grown from 30,000 to over 1.2 million items. To date, over 10 million diapers, wipes and baby food have been distributed to families experiencing homelessness. Over 65,000 people experiencing homelessness in Orange County have been served through both shelters and affordable housing options developed by HomeAid Orange County since their founding in 1989.

“This is all about our community coming together to support families, especially those with young children, who are faced with the difficult decision of having to choose between food for their families or diapers,” said Gina Scott, HomeAid Orange County Executive Director. “Donating online is an easy way we can all make a difference during this pandemic that has left families experiencing homelessness struggling even more than before.” Items collected will be distributed to 16 of HomeAid’s non-profit service provider partners who operate housing and shelters developed by HomeAid Orange County. Complete information about how to donate, become a sponsor, or host a collection site, is available at www.homeaidessentials.org.

 

About HomeAid Orange County

 

HomeAid Orange County is the founding chapter of a national non-profit organization with the vision and purpose to end homelessness. Through its mission of building new lives for families and individuals experiencing homelessness through housing and community outreach, HomeAid acts as a non-profit developer of housing for non-profits that serve those experiencing homelessness. Because of HomeAid Orange County’s unique model based on in-kind donations of resources and labor, which comes as a result of the organizations founding by the Building Industry Association, each HomeAid housing development saves the recipient non-profit 30% of market rate cost or more. Since 1989, HomeAid Orange County has developed 68 different types of housing, ranging from emergency shelters to affordable housing options, for those experiencing homelessness. Tragically thousands are still in need of shelter each and every day. To help solve this social crisis, new housing developments are being planned and constructed throughout Orange County by HomeAid. For more information, please visit www.homeaidoc.org.

 

About First 5 Orange County / Children and Families Commission

 

The Children and Families Commission of Orange County oversees the allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50-cent tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds help pay for education, health care and child development programs for children from birth to five and their families. The Commission’s goal is to ensure all children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school. For more information, please visit www.occhildrenandfamilies.com

 

 

 

The Habit Burger Grill Innovates Amidst Global Pandemic

The Habit Burger Grill Innovates Amidst Global Pandemic

The challenges have been endless from business to business since the global pandemic began. While many businesses struggle to to find their footing, The Habit Burger Grill’s innovative changes at transforming their business model during this challenging time has ensured the safety of their employees and customers. 

 

Only a little over 20% of The Habit Burger Grill restaurants have a traditional drive through, which in itself creates an issue regarding how to serve customers. This fast-casual burger chain has operated primarily in a dine-in environment. Considering the current needs of the customers The Habit has undertaken the challenge of pivoting their traditional in-store dining to offer curbside service, pop-up drive thru and drive-up option to maximize convenience and minimize contact. All of those new channels have been introduced with a true entrepreneurial spirit in record time of only a few weeks. 

 

For locations that do not currently have a drive-thru option, the curbside and drive-up innovations have helped immensely. Having seen an uptick in orders by doing this and increasing sales across all of their digital channels, The Habit Burger Grill is taking every measure to sustain business, ensure safety, and has successfully done so amidst the current circumstances.

 

  • No-Contact Pop-Up Drive Thru Service:  Converts non-drive-thru units into a contactless drive-thru service.  Customers who have not ordered ahead will drive up, place their order, and have their food brought directly to them without having to leave their vehicle.   

 

  • No-Contact Drive-Up Service : Converts non-drive-thru units into a contactless drive-up experience. Customers who have not ordered ahead will drive up, park in a designated parking space where a team member will take their order and then bring their food directly to their vehicle.  

 

  • No-Contact Curbside Service: A new tech enabled service is being rolled out (starting in our San Diego market) where guests can place an order ahead of time on our mobile app or online. After the order is placed, guests will receive a text message where they can select to pick-up curbside and enter their car details. Once the guest clicks the “I’m Here!” button, a team member will deliver their meal directly to their vehicle.

We look forward to covering more of the changes that The Habit continues to roll out to ensure safety among customers and employees. 
 
LQD is Ripe for Picking This Spring and Summer Season

LQD is Ripe for Picking This Spring and Summer Season

If you’re looking for a spirit to wet your palate these days, LQD, a reimagined collection of premium craft beverages from Anheuser-Busch’s Brewer’s Collective. After launching last month, LQD continues to bring the taste of spring to your home with canned hard limeades, hard teas, and hard lemonades made for the health-conscious indulger — mindful of what they’re putting in their bodies without compromising on flavor.


Unlike most canned beverages which use artificial ingredients and added sugar, LQD is crafted with high quality, natural ingredients and REAL fruit, with hero ingredients including coconut water and green tea. Each can of LQD is under 200 calories, contains no artificial ingredients or added sugar, and has an ABV of 5.2 – 5.9%.

The brand’s debut product lineup features three refreshing flavors including:

  • Hard Agave Limeade – Crafted with summer in mind, flavored with real lime juice and naturally sweetened with agave nectar 
  • Hard Passion Fruit Green Tea – Bursting with the tropical aroma of passion fruit, the flavor is nicely tart with a balanced sweetness. It finishes with the delicate tannic flavor of green tea (*Launching Mid-May 2020)
  • Hard Peach Green Tea – Aroma of freshly picked ripe peaches, followed by a well balanced flavor of green tea. The sweetness flavor is reserved, allowing the focus to remain on the fruit and tea (*Launching Mid-May 2020)

As we gravitate outside on our patios and balconies to take in the spring weather, or cheer on our healthcare heroes at 7pm, LQD is the perfect at-home companion. LQD is now available at select retailers throughout the US in single flavor six packs and 12 pack variety options, and retails $10.99 – $12.99.

 
 
Foer more information head here: https://www.drinklqd.com
Dating on Lockdown Just Got Easier, Thanks to GOATdate

Dating on Lockdown Just Got Easier, Thanks to GOATdate

Life on lockdown has presented an astonishing number of inconveniences for many of us, but who knew that dating would be possible in the age of social distancing?  

A new to market video-first dating app, GOATdate, aims to simultaneously modernize and humanize the virtual dating experience. In a ’shelter at home’ world, the brand is primed to succeed and change the virtual dating landscape. Having just launched in late March, the GOATdate is experiencing a meteoric uptick in user-ship — seeing a 100% increase in user numbers by the week!

GOATdate’s mission is to reestablish chemistry as a prime focus of virtual dating, all while making the experience more efficient by cutting out the endless texting and awkward, ‘Do you want to FaceTime?’ Dates, and of course, that very awkward first date. 

The mobile dating industry is currently entrenched with users taking ’swiping’ actions and out-of-date photos, and even while competitors have rolled out similar video features, they’re still primarily rooted in chat and text. 

Here are key differentiators:

  • Dates timed to 5-minutes, so users have an out if they aren’t interested 

  • Cheat sheets of the user with conversation starters on the day 

  • Required video verification to minimize ‘cat fishing’ and ensure security

It couldn’t be a better time to explore dating options that keep you safe, distanced from others, yet engaged in far more genuine ways. GOATdate sounds like it could bring a new wave to the dating scene, and may be the new way for quite a while.

12 Date Night Recipes for Staying In

12 Date Night Recipes for Staying In

It’s always fun to grab a meal at your favorite restaurant. But every once in a while, you and your partner should dine in your own kitchen. After all, what’s more romantic than a home-cooked meal? Plus, you’ll be able to save a little money and customize these meals to your heart’s content. Dig into a few of these tasty dishes for a romantic date night at home.

So, put on your aprons and take a look at these delightful date night recipes.

1. Baked Salmon With Maple Mustard Glaze

If you’re after an antioxidant-rich dinner, you can’t go wrong with salmon. It’s basically a blank slate – in other words, it works alongside any glaze or rub. But this mixture of maple syrup and Dijon mustard conquers all. It’s deliciously sweet and savory, which means that it pairs well with a starchy side. You can also adjust this recipe to your tastes. If you like a bit of heat, add a dash of chili powder.

2. Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta

This tasty pasta dish uses linguine or spaghetti as its base. Then, it’s topped with crispy chicken and lemony asparagus – and a creamy, cheesy sauce. What’s better than a meal that’s both healthy and indulgent? Feel free to make garlic bread or another small side to accompany this recipe. It yields four servings, so prepare to enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day.

3. Garlic Butter Steak

A romantic meal isn’t complete unless there’s a tender, juicy steak and a bottle of red wine. This recipe calls for a ribeye cut – a favorite amongst steak lovers. You’ll use a mixture of garlic, rosemary, butter and thyme to baste the meat. This step produces a delicious coat on the outside. Serve your steak with a side of roasted potatoes and glazed carrots – or whatever else you like.

4. Pizza Margherita

What’s a Friday night without a slice of pizza? Grab your significant other and flour your countertops, because you won’t want to miss this Margherita pizza. It’s ridiculously easy – but sometimes, the best recipes are the simplest. You’ll need tomato sauce, olive oil and fresh mozzarella and basil. Aside from your dough, that’s it. To make this pizza a little bit healthier, opt for a whole wheat crust.

5. Carnitas (Mexican Pulled Pork)

It’s time to whip up some margaritas and enjoy this delectable carnitas dish. Traditionally, Mexicans make carnitas from braised pork. They serve it on tortillas with diced onions, refried beans and fresh salsa. This recipe calls for a pork shoulder, which you’ll pop into a slow cooker for about six hours. Make sure to pan-fry the meat after it’s done for a crispy finish.

6. Baked Turkey Breast

If you’re after a chicken alternative, look no further. It doesn’t have to be Thanksgiving to enjoy a yummy turkey dinner. This recipe uses a delicious rub made up of butter, plus rosemary, thyme and parsley. When you pull it out of the oven, this turkey is perfectly moist. You can prepare a side dish like mac ‘n cheese or sweet potatoes as the perfect addition.

7. Tomato Basil Soup

Once you taste this homemade tomato basil soup, it’ll be hard to return to the store-bought version. And best of all, it’s chock-full of nutrients and only takes 25 minutes to make. Use home-grown tomatoes for a more vibrant flavor – or stick with canned goods in a pinch. Either way, you’ll be able to put together a tasty soup that reminds you of your childhood.

Ask your partner to whip up a few grilled cheese sandwiches, too.

8. Easy Mediterranean Shrimp

With a few simple ingredients, you can create a yummy shrimp dish. In this recipe, you’ll coat the shrimp with several tasty spices – like coriander, paprika and cayenne. Bell peppers, diced tomatoes and lemon juice allow for a balance of fresh, citrusy flavors. Serve atop a bed of white or brown rice and enjoy! Don’t forget to reserve some of that white wine for you and your significant other.

9. Penne alla Vodka Pasta

Not much comes close to a rich, creamy vodka sauce. It’s best served atop al dente penne pasta with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and chopped basil. And of course, it’s super customizable – so feel free to add grilled chicken or sausage to the mix. You can also include spinach if you want some greens. Pair this dish with a few slices of garlic bread

10. Roast Beef Tenderloin

Who said that you couldn’t be a little fancy at home? Beef tenderloin is an excellent way to celebrate an anniversary – whether you’ve been together for one year or decades. In this recipe, you’ll concoct a divine red wine sauce that uses a few simple ingredients. After you cook the meat, be sure to serve it alongside a heap of whipped potatoes and a glass of merlot.

11. Skillet Mushroom Chicken Thighs

There’s no better combination than chicken and mushrooms – especially when they’re doused in garlic and butter. This recipe results in beautifully-cooked, golden-brown chicken thighs. You’ll use crimini mushrooms, alongside shallots and herbs, to create a delightful dish. Delegate your partner to vegetable duty, as a side of roasted potatoes works perfectly with these flavors.

12. Homemade Vegetarian Chili

If it’s a little rainy outside, you can’t go wrong with chili. It’s a terrific choice for everyone – and this recipe welcomes vegetarians and vegans with open arms. And thankfully, it’s just as hearty as the real deal. Instead of ground beef, you’ll use a few cans of black and pinto beans. There’s a ton of flavor to this chili, which comes from the garlic, cumin, oregano and paprika.

Use These Recipes for a Delightful Date Night at Home