Founded in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in the county, distributing healthy food with dignity to San Diego residents struggling with hunger. The non-profit organization, funded by philanthropic and community support, is devoted to feeding the hungry, advocacy and education. FASD is committed to solving hunger in our communities and informing the public on the issues of food insecurity, nutrition and poverty. We fight hunger locally by working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 60,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.
Health and Nutrition
With nearly half of San Diego residents – 1.6 million people – considered overweight or obese, those facing hunger not only need more food to eat, they need healthier food. Other chronic diseases and health issues linked to hunger are prevalent among those served by Feeding America San Diego, including 32 percent of households containing a member with diabetes and 40 percent lacking health insurance. To reduce the risk and impact of these health factors for those we serve, FASD focuses on distributing healthy and fresh foods along with appropriate nutrition education.
As the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States, Feeding America represents more than 200 member food banks across the country. Operating as an independent non-profit organization, FASD’s membership ensures high operational efficiency, allows us to access donated product, as well as professional resources.
As one of the newest food banks in the Feeding America network, Feeding America San Diego’s first distribution was held on October 9, 2007 in the parking lot at San Diego Rescue Mission, now one of our distribution partners. Several weeks later, San Diego County suffered from disastrous firestorms that displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals. In the first week of the fire with only two employees, FASD secured and delivered 515,000 pounds of emergency supplies, including food, water, and other grocery items, to evacuees, firefighters and volunteers.
Special thanks to Red Cross, Salvation Army, Father Joe’s Villages, Catholic Charities, Rock Church, San Diego Rescue Mission, Homeland Security, FEMA, City of San Diego, County of San Diego and other non-profit agencies who supported our efforts during the firestorms and early stages of our development.
In February of 2008, FASD moved into a 30,000-square-foot warehouse to better serve families in need. Later in 2010, the organization relocated to a new 50,000-square-foot distribution center in Sorrento Valley and quickly emerged as the leading hunger-relief organization in the county the following year.