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The Essential

The Essential

By Hearts to Heroes
The podcast started by the non-profit, Hearts to Heroes. From essential workers to childhood heroes, we’re here to talk about the people and communities that are essential to our well-being.
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The Collateral Damage of Food Insecurity in America, Part 2
In the second part of our two-part episode on food insecurity and why food banks are essential, we sat down with Jacqueline Gaithe from the Orange County Food Bank to hear her experiences working at a food bank, how COVID-19 has changed daily life at OCFB, and what her experiences with low-income families have taught her.
February 21, 2021
The Collateral Damage of Food Insecurity in America, Part 1
Living in Irvine, California, many of us don’t have to give a second thought as to where our next meal is coming from or whether or not we’ll be able to eat the next time we feel hungry. But as we quickly realized throughout this episode, food insecurity and its effects on people’s social, emotional, and physical well-beings touch the lives of those close to us so much more than we thought. In the first part of our two-part episode on food insecurity and why food banks are essential, we have an eye-opening discussion about some of our own experiences with food insecurity and the lasting impact those experiences have had on the people we are today.
February 21, 2021
You are essential.
Mister Rogers innovatively acclimated an entire generation of children to a future beyond the one in which they lived during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. His soft spoken tone and various vibrant voices that brought his puppets to life lit a path for humanity to see what it missed of mercy and emotion. In our first episode, we gently unpack the wisdom of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, discussing his life, his story, and the people he loved. We explore the legacy of a man who highlighted each and every one of us as essential and emphasized the goodness that our world has to offer. Do you know Mister Rogers? Have you met his friend Daniel Tiger? Do you know what makes you special? Today on The Essential, we help you with just that.
February 21, 2021
The Essential: Introduction
We are so excited to launch our new Hearts to Heroes podcast! Join the board in our discussions and stories about all that is essential. Hearts to Heroes is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to celebrating the everyday heroes of our communities. Based in Southern California, we offer volunteering opportunities through supply and item donations, care packages, catering, and more. We are always looking for more ways we serve the community that serves us. For more information, please visit
January 15, 2021