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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.

We are planning to send two more shipments to India to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please give now to help protect heroic frontline health workers in India who are fighting this pandemic!

Donate to our work protecting healthcare workers in India HERE!


Furthermore, IRT has been responding to the COVID pandemic from the beginning. With your support, we continue to provide monthly food donations to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. With your help, so far we have invested $1,276,143, providing 854,267 pounds of food. That is more than 712,889 meals for San Diego residents needing food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

“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 has 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 have also 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 will be used for COVID-19 food relief efforts. Read the press release here.


IRT executive director Barry La Forgia and @sdfoodbank CEO Jim Floros stand in front of a small portion of IRT’s most recent food donation to the food bank. Because of you, we were able to donate more than 128,000 cans of food this round. This donation is needed more than ever, according to Jim, because they are now feeding 600,000 people a month. That is double the number from Feb of 2020! We are proud to work with the food bank to support our community that is suffering so much during these unprecedented times.
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.

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.

Please donate now to help ease the tremendous suffering.

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