Combating Food Insecurity in San Diego
Did you know that an estimated 1 in 7 San Diegans doesn’t know where the next meal will come from? That means that 443,000 men, women and children living in San Diego experience food insecurity. Even more, nearly 200,000 people in our city are on the cusp of food insecurity.
The San Diego Rescue Mission created the Partners for Hunger Relief Program to combat food insecurity in our city. Our refrigerated trucks allow us to safely collect millions of pounds of nutritious food each year – food that would otherwise be thrown away. Over 100 grocery stores, restaurants, caterers, universities, hotels and hospitals contribute to this effort.
The San Diego Rescue Mission, in partnership with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, provides food items at no cost to nearly 50 nonprofit organizations who operate hunger relief programs within San Diego County. Each of these partners have been accepted to the Food Bank’s Food to Nonprofits Program. Food is distributed each week in a central location, allowing accessibility to many organizations across central and southern San Diego. This mutually beneficial relationship allows food to move quickly and efficiently from the Food Bank’s warehouse into the hands of the community.