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1 in 6 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.

Partner Agencies

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.

BackPack

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.

School Pantry

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.

Regional School Break Distributions reach children outside of the school setting providing produce and healthy staple items to children and their families in a convenient location when school is out.

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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. Over the summer of 2017, FSD sponsored a Mobile Meals program providing meals to children in rural areas of San Diego County.

NON – DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times listed above.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
  2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.