The holiday season is a time to be with family and friends, share stories, and express gratitude for what we have.
1 in 6 people, including 1 in 4 children, struggle with hunger in San Diego County. These families rely on Feeding America San Diego and an outpouring of support from the community to make ends meet. Together, we can make the season brighter for those who need it most.
Read Jennifer, Donna and Nancy’s stories below to see how your support can make a difference.
The location of this rural community makes accessing nutritious food a struggle for Julian families like Jennifer’s. Grocery stores are limited, and transportation is a challenge. She plans her grocery trips around opportunities to drive to bigger grocery stores—often many miles away—that carry more affordable items. In Jennifer’s words, “People don’t realize that a close-knit community like Julian has so many families in need.”
Because of healthy food distributions at Julian Elementary, Jennifer’s family doesn’t have to skip meals. Each Friday, the fresh produce brings excitement to her daughters. “To them, fruit is like candy,” says Jennifer.
Meet Donna Linton, the site coordinator for our BackPack program at Julian Elementary. She assists families like Jennifer’s with accessing nutritious food through Feeding America San Diego (FASD) distributions.
A Julian native, she says many families struggle to put food on the table. Grocery stores are limited, and transportation is a challenge. She says Julian comes together to do the best that they can for families in need—but they depend on partners like FASD. “The kids’ eyes light up when they receive their BackPack bags,” says Donna. “Fruits and vegetables are always the biggest hit,” she adds.
Today, less children at Julian Elementary are hungry. In Donna’s words, the children “depend on the BackPack program. For some, it’s all they really have.”
Meet Nancy Kane, a volunteer for the Feeding America San Diego (FASD) BackPack program. Nancy was inspired to volunteer at FASD when her family and friends held a food drive at their annual holiday party last year. Now, she comes every Thursday morning to help pack bags of nutritious food for families like Jennifer’s.
Today, Nancy is a champion for hunger relief and an Ambassador for the organization, which involves attending special events and giving tours of the Distribution Center. When asked about her impact, she says, “I picture these kids now coming home and having something to eat over the weekend. It’s so important.”
Become a source of hope and joy for children, families, and seniors facing hunger throughout the holidays. Get involved by joining our Annual Holiday Campaign today.
Through our highly organized distribution model, every dollar donated provides six meals to San Diegans in need. Whether making a first-time gift or pledging your support on a monthly basis, your contribution makes a tangible impact in our community.
FASD relies on the support of volunteers during the holiday season to sort product and distribute it to our distribution partners and clients. Sign up for an individual or group shift at our Distribution Center.
Help us make sure every family has a meal for the holidays. ABC10, Azteca San Diego 15 and Live Well San Diego are teaming up with Feeding America San Diego to raise one million meals for families in need this season. Learn more about how you can get involved.
Organize a Food Drive
Help FASD access a broader variety of food by organizing a food drive with your company or office. FASD encourages food donations to be wholesome, minimizing empty calories and potentially harmful ingredients.