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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

CalFresh Outreach

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

Healthcare Partnerships

With the growing understanding of the link between hunger and health, Feeding San Diego has developed strategic partnerships with healthcare providers.

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.

The research pilot has led to partnerships with two additional healthcare providers, North County Health Services and Vista Community Clinic. The organizations now integrate food security screenings, nutritious food from FSD and nutrition education into their patients’ chronic disease management plans.

Advocacy

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. more