COVID-19 Response


With your help and in partnership with MAP International, IRT sent an air shipment of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to India, to protect health workers now being overwhelmed by record numbers of COVID cases in this stricken country. The first shipment consisted of approximately 60,000 protective gowns and was delivered to St. George’s Hospital, in the hard-hit city of Mumbai in Maharashtra State. The second shipment consisted of 18,600 face shields, nearly 5,000 N95 masks, more than 370 stethoscopes, and 1,200 barrier gowns. The third shipment had 60 oxygenators.


With your support, we provided monthly food donations to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. In total, IRT invested more than $1,850,000, providing 1,168,542 pounds of food. That is more than 974,000 meals for San Diego residents needing food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donated food included black beans, pinto beans, mixed vegetables, and tuna.

In addition to supporting the Food Bank, International Relief Teams also 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.

We received a substantial grant award of $985,314 from the S.L. Gimbel Foundation, a component fund at The Inland Empire Community Foundation. The funding was used for COVID-19 food relief efforts. Read the press release here.


IRT founder Barry La Forgia and former San Diego Food Bank CEO Jim Floros stand in front of a small portion of a shipment of food from the Food Bank. Because of you, we were able to donate more than 128,000 cans of food that round. At the height of the pandemic, the Food Bank was feeding 600,000 people a month, double the normal amount! We were proud to work with the food bank to support our community.
Vehicles lined 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.

Please donate now to help ease the tremendous suffering.


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.
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