The Issue: Food Insecurity in San Diego
In 2013, more than 49 million Americans—including 15.8 million children—were food-insecure, meaning they didn’t always know where their next meal was coming from. These people often had to stretch their paychecks to cover rent, transportation, and medicine, sometimes deciding between one necessity, such as heat, or another, such as food. Within San Diego, one in four children face this kind of hunger on a regular basis. Often, the only meal they can count on is the free or reduced-price lunch they get at school—a meal they lose access to during summer and winter breaks.
The Campaign: Distributing Food to Local Families
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Feeding America San Diego to distribute nutritious meals to local families, children, and seniors. For every $10 raised, Feeding America San Diego can provide 60 meals to individuals facing hunger. Aqualia Foundation will provide up to $25,000 in matching donations.
Feeding America San Diego
Every week, Feeding America San Diego supplies nutritious food to more than 73,000 children, families, and seniors facing hunger. Making such a feat possible is the heart of the organization, a team of 9,000 volunteers who sort, clean, and bag the food before sending it out to a network of partner soup kitchens and schools across the area. Nearly half of the people served by these programs are younger than 18, and much of the rest are families in rural areas and seniors who often have to choose between eating and buying medicine. But because of its connection to Feeding America national, the organization is in no short supply of food—it has access to 2 billion pounds in addition to the goods it sources locally. This means it can turn each donated dollar into six meals, an efficiency that's much to the benefit of underserved locals.