COVID-19 Response

With your support, we provided more than 93,000 pounds of food to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. That is more than 77,500 meals for San Diego residents needing food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donated canned goods included black beans, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, and tuna totaling more than 121,000 cans.

“International Relief Teams is dedicated to helping families in need. We know that many San Diego families are suffering right now because of the shutdown, and we wanted to help ensure that they can access food they need. We have partnered with the San Diego Food Bank for many years and we are proud to support their extraordinary response to this pandemic,” said Barry La Forgia, International Relief Teams’ Executive Director.

In addition to supporting the Food Bank, International Relief Teams ha salso provided support in the amount of $10,000 to the San Diego Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Response Fund, which is supporting San Diego workers and families most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Vehicles line up at a drive-thru emergency food distribution center set up at SDCCU Stadium in San Diego by the food bank Feeding San Diego on Saturday, April 5, 2020. Brian Doll / Swinerton Renewable Energy
San Diego Food Bank workers distribute 25-lb packages of food to people in their cars at a pop-up food distribution site in Chula Vista, April 10, 2020.

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Despite the uncertainty and disruption caused by COVID-19, IRT is continuing to help the vulnerable children and families we serve.

  • We are continuing to provide daily meals for once abandoned and neglected children at Kids Kingdom Orphanage in Baja California, Mexico.


IRT staff is following prevention guidelines from the CDC and is abiding by California Governor Gavin Newsome's stay-at-home order. We are working remotely to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

You may reach any of IRT's staff members via email or by leaving a message on their office voicemail at 619-284-7979.

Please refer to the CDC's guidelines for preventing COVID-19 here.

Please donate now to help ease the tremendous suffering.

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