1 in 4 children in San Diego County are at risk of hunger. Nearly half of the people served by FASD are under the age of 18. FASD distributes nutritious food items directly into the hands of local students and their families through our Farm2Kids, Backpack and School Pantry programs. In addition to providing critical food assistance, the Feeding Kids initiative focuses on educating families about the role of fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy, active lifestyle.
Focused on improving student attendance, academic performance, attentiveness, classroom behavior, and energy level, the BackPack program aims to meet the nutritional needs of hungry children over weekends and school holidays. Typically, each child receives an easy-to-carry bag filled with nutritious staple items and two to three pounds of fresh produce when leaving school on Friday afternoon. Food items are intended as supplemental resources for children and their families. FASD identifies and partners with schools that have free and reduced price meal rates of 65% or higher, striving to serve entire school populations rather than a select number of students.
School Pantry Program
The School Pantry program helps alleviate child hunger in San Diego County by providing nutritious, healthy food to low-income students and their families. School sites are consistently in the same locations at each campus, have routine distribution schedules, offer ongoing food assistance services, and provide access to nutrition education and additional community resources.
Meals for Minds
Special school pantries funded by Target, called Meals for Minds, provide nutritious food at local schools with the goals of preventing the consequences of malnutrition, setting a foundation for healthy eating habits and promoting school preparedness. Partnering with three elementary schools in San Diego, FASD provides more than 800 children and their families access to fresh food and staple items, nutrition education and CalFresh resources right where they learn and play.
The Farm2Kids program provides three to five pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to more than 2,000 students a week and 4,100 a month. Delivered directly to schools throughout San Diego County, produce is distributed at after-school distributions for children to take home to their families.
Farm2Kids promotes the benefits of healthy eating by providing educational content and tools to support the positive development of the whole child. Through nutrition education and exposure to a variety of produce, FASD raises awareness among children and parents about living a healthy, active lifestyle. Nutrition education materials are provided to partner agencies and clients, including nutrition facts, produce tips, and healthy recipes.