More than 1 in 3 children in the City of San Diego live in families experiencing economic hardship. Under federally mandated programs, San Diego schools provide these children with free lunches during the week but there are no provisions for food on the weekends.

Hungry children cannot learn.  Food deprivation has also been associated with several childhood chronic health problems, behavioral challenges, and social difficulties.  

“Feeding San Diego’s Kids” is a weekend food assistance program developed by International Relief Teams. Since 2012, the program has served families with children attending the San Diego Unified School District who have been identified as low-income. All the families served are located in dense urban communities in central San Diego.

Our goal is to pick up where the school lunch program leaves off.  Each week, volunteers fill food packs with nutritional food for a family of 4 for 2 days. At the end of the week, food packs are delivered by volunteers to local schools where a designated School Liaison distributes them to those children in the program. We currently have a team of 32 dedicated volunteers committed to this program.

Each food pack provides 24 meals (3 per day for 4 family members) each weekend. This year we are feeding 300 families for a total of 216,000 meals.

We thank our wonderful packing and delivery volunteers for dedicating their time to helping families spend less time worrying about their next meal and more time together.

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