Children who are hungry do not learn well in school. Our “Feeding San Diego’s Kids” is a weekend food assistance program for schoolchildren who have been identified as needy or homeless. With more than 22,000 homeless children in San Diego, our goal is to pick up where the school lunch program leaves off by providing a consistent source of nutritious food for Saturday and Sunday. We currently provide weekend backpacks filled with food for needy and homeless schoolchildren (and their families) at four elementary schools.
You first met Elena two years ago at Fay Elementary School with her three daughters: Maria, Michele, and Marcela. “My M&Ms,” she called them. They were struggling to get by, dependent on Elena’s husband’s income as a house painter to feed the girls. “Every day was a struggle,” said Elena.
Just two months ago, their mother left them without any notice. They came home from school one day and she was gone. They don’t know where she is or if she is ever coming back...
Maria is a mother of three kids, Ellery, 12, Christian, 10, and Sandi, 9. Christian and Sandi go to Carver Elementary, one of four schools participating in our Feeding San Diego’s Kids Program. Her husband Jesus, is a gardener and the sole financial provider for the family of five. Unfortunately, her husband’s income sometimes is not enough to pay for everything they need. After paying rent, electricity, gas, and medicine, “we sometimes have very little money left to buy food.”