Last week, a group from Phone.com volunteered at Feeding America San Diego. During our session, we gleaned 2,800 pounds of onions and apples, sorting the good ones from the bad and boxing them for distribution to San Diego area schools.
Feeding America’s School Pantry program gives low-income families the chance to “shop” for free fruit, vegetables and staple foods when they bring their kids to school.
It’s a good thing onions only make you cry once they are cut because we handled a lot of them! Phone.commers now know all about soft spots and mold and gashes on veggies. Our volunteers saw some pretty nasty-looking onions and it was great to know that, because of our efforts, families would be getting only the good stuff.
A Few Quick Facts
- One in six people in San Diego—one in four kids—don’t have enough food to eat
- Feeding America feeds 56,000 people per week in the greater San Diego area
- When you donate one dollar to FASD, they turn it into six dollars’ worth of food for the hungry. Not a bad return!
To create even more value, Feeding America donates the bad veggies that we discarded during our gleaning session to a group that makes compost for local growers and farmers. Phone.com loves working with community groups that do so much good, and we look forward to volunteering at FASD throughout the year.