1 in 5 children in San Diego County are at risk of hunger. In addition to the children served through our partner agencies and mobile pantries, FSD distributes nutritious food items directly into the hands of local students through programs tailored to meet the needs of families with children.
The Feeding Kids initiative pairs critical food assistance with focused education on the role of fresh fruits and vegetables in a healthy, active lifestyle.
FSD works closely with 150 partner agencies to provide food and resources to individuals and families across San Diego. According to research by Feeding America, 26 percent of those served by partner agencies are under the age of 18 and 10 percent are under 5.
The BackPack program aims to meet the nutritional needs of food insecure children over weekends and school holidays. Typically, each child receives an easy-to-carry bag filled with nutritious staple items and two to three pounds of fresh produce when leaving school on Thursday or Friday afternoons.
The School Pantry program helps alleviate child hunger in San Diego County by providing nutritious, healthy food to low-income students and their families. Distributions set up in a farmer’s market style are consistently in the same locations at each campus, have routine distribution schedules, and provide access to nutrition education and additional community resources. When food is provided at locations a family already visits, parents and guardians do not have to give up more of their valuable time and transportation budget to put food on the table.
Meals for Minds
Special school pantries funded by Target, called Meals for Minds, provide nutritious food at local schools with the goals of preventing the consequences of malnutrition, setting a foundation for healthy eating habits and promoting school preparedness. Partnering with three elementary schools in San Diego, FSD provides more than 800 children and their families access to fresh food and staple items, nutrition education and CalFresh resources right where they learn and play.
CACFP and SFSP
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) are federal, child-focused nutrition programs that contribute to the wellness, healthy growth and development of children and youth by providing healthy meals and snacks. FSD sponsors CACFP at after school sites throughout the year and SFSP during the summer to meet increased need when children are not receiving school meals
Kids Community Pantries
Kids Community Pantries reach children outside of the school setting. Distributions at childcare facilities provide produce and healthy staple items to children and their families in a convenient location while special summer and school break pantries throughout the county provide food when school is out.