November 13, 2017


WHO: Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA)

WHAT: Will award turkey dinners to 875 at-risk students who succeeded in Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership’s (OC GRIP) 8th annual Thanksgiving challenge to improve their attendance, behavior, and grades in time for Thanksgiving.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – dinners packed at Saddleback Church
  • Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – distribution of the incentive dinners


Packing: Saddleback Church, 1 Saddleback Parkway, Lake Forest, 92630

Distribution: Yorba Middle School, 935 North Cambridge Street, Orange, CA 92867

Media interested in attending may contact Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) Spokesperson Michelle Van Der Linden at (714) 347-8405.

At the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, over 900 students from 55 OC GRIP elementary and middle schools were offered the opportunity to earn a Thanksgiving turkey dinner for their families by succeeding in a gang prevention challenge. The terms of the challenge were determined by each school and included no gang activity or clothing, improved attendance, no disciplinary action, and improved grades. All of the 900 students are in grades four through eight and were individually identified by their respective schools as being the most at-risk of joining a criminal street gang. OC GRIP does not work with documented gang members, who are ineligible to participate.

Approximately 875 students successfully completed the challenge and earned turkey dinners, complete with side dishes, to feed a family of 10 people. All of the dinners were donated by Ralphs/Food 4 Less then packed and distributed by Saddleback Church volunteers.