Feeding America in San Diego

Ever feel like global hunger is too big of a problem to solve? How about hunger in your own backyard?

Chalkboard sign: One in four children in San Diego country are food insecureStatistics say that 460,000 San Diegans live in households with an insecure food supply. That means one in four kids in our own neighborhoods don’t have enough to eat.

A group of Phone.com staff volunteered this past Saturday at Feeding America San Diego. The day was organized by Starbucks San Diego—if you’re a local, you may have seen food-donation bins in stores over the past month.

Feeding America San Diego (FASD) is part of a nation-wide organization that fights hunger by distributing basic food items and fresh produce to kids, families and seniors that need it.

Their programs include:

Our volunteer shift was fun! My son and I worked on a team that sorted Granny Smith apples and crated them for distribution. We also stripped the damaged leaves off over 300 heads of cabbage and boxed those up too.

Gleaning cabbages

Fun fact: FASD delivers all the bad apples and cabbage leaves we discarded to a group that makes compost for local growers and farmers.

Other volunteers stuffed backpacks, labeled cans and measured out family-sized packs of breakfast cereal from the bulk packs that FASD purchases with donated funds.

Volunteers packaging cereal at Feeding America San Diego

What did I learn? That this organization is making a real dent in hunger in our city. They distribute 23 million pounds of food annually, and serve 73,000 local children, families and seniors each week. Every dollar donated to FASD results in six meals. That’s what I call making a difference!

Their volunteers make it happen. During the three two-hour shifts organized by Starbucks on Saturday, 600 volunteers prepared the equivalent of 31,280 meals, which will be delivered to people in our community. We at Phone.com look forward to helping out again and again!

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