Feeding San Diego integrates nutrition education, advocacy, CalFresh outreach and capacity building into all initiatives and programs. To reduce the risk of chronic illnesses associated with hunger, FSD focuses on distributing healthy and fresh foods along with appropriate nutrition education. Advocacy efforts and CalFresh outreach enable clients to make ends meet and move towards self-sufficiency. Additionally, FSD works hand-in-hand with community partners, agencies and schools to maximize program impact and build infrastructure.
Health & Nutrition
To reduce the risk and impact of these health issues linked to hunger, FSD focuses on distributing healthy and fresh foods along with appropriate nutrition education. more
Agency Capacity Building
Through close communication and regular evolution, FSD works to build the capacity of its network in the areas of advocacy, CalFresh outreach, nutrition education and volunteer programs, as well as the safe and effective distribution of nutritious foods. more
FSD’s CalFresh team enrolls eligible clients, dispels myths about food stamp assistance, and helps eliminate the stigma surrounding the program. Our outreach model is designed to move clients towards self-sufficiency and provide support throughout the complex application process. more
With the growing understanding of the link between hunger and health, Feeding San Diego has developed strategic partnerships with healthcare providers to improve the health of our community. The latest Community Health Needs Assessment conducted jointly by hospitals throughout San Diego County identified food security and access to food as the number one social determinant of health for San Diegans. By screening patients for food insecurity and integrating food assistance and nutrition education into healthcare, we can increase food access to those in need and reduce the health implications of food insecurity. Partnerships with healthcare organizations has resulted in on-site food pantries, food security screenings, nutrition education and nutritious food for patients.
Diabetes Wellness Project
Launched in February 2015, the Diabetes Wellness Project is an effort to reduce the effects and cost of diabetes for those struggling with food insecurity. In partnership with UCSD Student-Run Free Clinic, Third Avenue Charitable Organization and Baker Elementary, the project is FSD’s first research study and was approved by the UC San Diego Institutional Review Board. Patients with type 2 diabetes who face food insecurity enroll in a six-month diabetes-specific nutrition course and receive food from FSD to help them manage their diabetes.
In order to achieve a hunger-free and healthy community, Feeding San Diego advocates for the rights of the food insecure on a federal, state and local level. Through a variety of partnerships, FSD educates the community and elected officials on the issues impacting our clients and distribution partners. When appropriate, FSD gives clients and partner agencies the opportunity to share their stories with elected officials, and give a testimony of how specific legislation will affect their lives and those of their clients. more