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ORANGE COUNTY (KABC) -- Harald Herrmann heads up one of the largest food banks in Southern California, and now he's stepping up even more to help in this time of extreme need.

Herrmann, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank, is auctioning off his personal collection of Pablo Picasso prints to help feed the hungry.



Herrmann has gone public with his very own private collection of Picasso prints in hopes of shining light on hunger in Orange County and across the nation - specifically with the lead piece, "The Frugal Meal."

"That piece basically came to life during Picasso's blue period, the beginning of his blue period. We're kind of in a blue period now," he said.

Herrmann built the rare collection over time, targeting Picasso's early years between 1900 and 1940. He remained the anonymous owner as it traveled on display to museums and other places. He says he's always planned to sell the prints as part of his retirement strategy with a commitment to donate a portion of the proceeds to the food bank. He decided now made sense because of what he's seen during the pandemic - a huge need.

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"Right now and especially for these next 18 to 24 months, we need to meet that call, and unfortunately, it's greater than ever," said Herrmann.

In February, the food bank served 2.2 million pounds of food to about 249,000 Orange County residents. Six months later in August, they served 5.8 million pounds of food to over 550,000 residents.

"Unprecedented is a word I know that many use just given where we are, but that is truly unprecedented. That has never happened. It is a first for us in 38 years. We've never seen demand like we see today as a food bank," he said.

To facilitate the sale, Herrmann is going through Christie's Auction House in New York. He'll then donate 10% of gross proceeds to the food bank, which could add up to about $100,000. Christie's has also pledged to donate part of their commission to Feeding America - something he hopes will encourage others to also give.

"Lots of folks have lost their jobs. Unemployment is front and center for us, and I'm humbled that I'm able to contribute to that and not just with sweat equity, but with some money," said Herrmann.

To view the Picasso prints, go to Christies.com and search for the Hermann Collection. Bidding ends Friday.

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San Francisco Reaches Orange COVID Reopening Tier; Indoor Dining, Worship Services Will Be Allowed

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco became the first Bay Area county Tuesday to reach the orange level of the state’s COVID reopening scale, allowing officials to greenlight indoor dining and expand the controversial limits placed on religious services.

Mayor London Breed announced the city will allow local restaurants to offer indoor dining with social distancing for the first time since mid-March on Wednesday.

She also said places of worship can reopen at 25% capacity up to 100 people. While the announcement was not as relaxed as what Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone wanted, it may ease the rising tensions between the church and City Hall.

A week ago, the U.S. Justice Department sent a letter to Breed saying that the city’s current COVID-19 policy allowing only one congregant in places of worship at a time “is contrary to the Constitution and the nation’s best tradition of religious freedom.”

The letter came days after San Francisco Catholics staged a large ‘Free The Mass’ march and rally.

Under the health order, singing or chanting will not be allowed indoors since choirs and singing is a known source of COVID-19 spread. The place of worship must also conduct a health check of patrons before they enter the facility. Face coverings will be required at all times except for brief removal to consume food or drink if it is essential to a ritual or ceremony.

“Reopening indoor restaurants and houses of worship with limited capacity, and creating opportunities for families to safely enjoy outdoor entertainment are a good step on our road to recovery,” Breed said. “We are committed to following the data and continuing reopening once our local health indicators demonstrate it is safe to do so.”

In addition, San Francisco will expand the capacity of outdoor political demonstrations in time for the run-up to November’s Presidential election.

San Francisco officials have also set a timeline for opening indoor movie theaters and outdoor playgrounds. Indoor movie theaters are slated to reopen at a limited capacity and with modifications on Wednesday, October 7, and public outdoor playgrounds are planned to open in mid-October.

It’s been a long six months since the city ordered restaurants to shut down to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Many well known and long-established restaurants have been forced to close down, while others are trying to survive by offering takeout, delivery services and, in recent weeks, limited outdoor dining.

Under the San Francisco plan, restaurants will be allowed to begin indoor dining at 25% capacity – or up to 100 people, whichever is fewer. City officials have been working with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association to develop a self-certification process that will allow restaurant owners to quickly reopen.

Safety requirements for indoor dining will be similar to the existing guidelines for outdoor dining. Face coverings must be worn by personnel and patrons at all times except when the patron is eating or drinking. That includes customers wearing a face covering when ordering, waiting for their order to arrive, or anytime staff is at their table.

“Growing up I spent many weekends bussing and waiting on tables at our family restaurant,” said Assessor Carmen Chu, Co-chair of the Economic Recovery Task Force. “Today, I’m especially excited to see restaurants reopen indoor to create a lifeline during the colder fall and winter months.”

Joaquín Torres, Director of Economic and Workforce Development, also was pleased to see the city’s vibrant restaurant scene coming back to life.

“San Francisco’s world class restaurants create vibrant spaces for culture and community to thrive and remain absolutely vital to our economic recovery,” Torres said. “They draw visitors from across the Bay and the globe, employ tens of thousands of diverse San Franciscans and generate billions in taxable sales.”

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