Second Harvest Food Bank welcomes good nutrition in a giant mural in Irvine - Orange County Register

Anyone who drives to the Second Harvest Food Bank distribution center on Marine Way in Irvine is greeted by smiling faces that tower more than two stories high on the northeast corner of the massive building.

On one side a man is holding a bag of oranges and a woman is weighing a head of lettuce. Around the corner, a boy and a girl show a bag of apples and a bunch of celery. The couple and children are all real people who were served from the board.

  • Artist Sarah Rutherford, on the right of the elevator, is working on a two-story mural on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County Distribution Center building in Irvine Friday, July 30, 2021. The mural shows faces of Orange County residents being served by the food bank. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Artist Sarah Rutherford is working on Friday July 30, 2021 to paint a two-story mural on the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County Distribution Center building in Irvine. The mural shows faces of Orange County residents being served by the food bank. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • One side of artist Sarah Rutherford’s two-story mural on the Second Harvest Food Bank building of the Orange County Distribution Center in Irvine on Friday, July 30, 2021. The mural shows faces of Orange County residents being served by the blackboard. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • A small crowd gathers to unveil a two-story mural by artist Sarah Rutherford on the Orange County’s Second Harvest Food Bank building in Irvine on Friday, July 30, 2021. The mural shows faces of Orange County residents from the food bank is served. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Artist Sarah Rutherford, lower left, is working on painting a two-story mural on the Second Harvest Food Bank building of the Orange County Distribution Center in Irvine Friday, July 30, 2021. The mural shows faces of Orange County residents being served by the food bank. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Students from a Lake Forest preschool along with volunteers paint on words written by Laguna Beach artist Jerome “Bob” Gastaldi at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County’s distribution center in Irvine on Friday, July 30, 2021, on a 48-foot – Canvas has written. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Lake Forest preschool students rest in the shade of a table after working with volunteers on a 48-foot canvas by Laguna Beach artist Jerome “Bob” Gastaldi at the Second Harvest Food Bank distribution center on Friday, July 30th of Orange County in Irvine, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Lena Zapata, 4, from a Lake Forest preschool, paints with fellow students on words that Laguna Beach artist Jerome “Bob” Gastaldi wrote on Friday, July 30th, at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County’s distribution center in Irvine 48-foot canvas posted, 2021. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Students from a Lake Forest preschool along with volunteers paint on words written by Laguna Beach artist Jerome “Bob” Gastaldi at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County’s distribution center in Irvine on Friday, July 30, 2021, on a 48-foot – Canvas has written. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

  • Laguna Beach artist Jerome “Bob” Gastaldi paints on words written on 48-foot canvas before leaving on Friday July 30, 2021 with preschoolers and volunteers at the Orange’s Second Harvest Food Bank distribution center County in Irvine works. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register / SCNG)

New York-based artist Sarah Rutherford worked in front of a gathering of local dignitaries on Friday, July 30th, to complete the art installation – conceived by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to mark their commitment to expanding fresh, nutritious food distribution to demonstrate to the needy.

While Rutherford was working, a group of teenagers led by artist Jerome “Bob” Gastaldi from Laguna Beach created their own 12-meter canvas and painted the side of a trailer with food-related words as “community”. “Hope” and “nourish”.

The art symbolizes a strategic fulcrum of the blackboard, which is now helping to feed almost twice as many people – around 400,000 per month – as it did before the economic hardships ushered in by the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. The focus now is on purchasing increased amounts of protein, products and dairy products to ensure a steady supply of fresh food. Learn more at feedoc.org.