With the transition to fall, even in San Diego’s mild climate, a hankering for heartier meals, pumpkin décor, and gathering around fire pits starts to rank high on the list of desires. And with the holidays just around the corner, gift and food shopping take on increasing priority. As we gear up for the holiday traditions meaningful to us, it’s important to remember those less fortunate, especially our local kids, and that one in 5 children in San Diego county continue to live with food insecurity (meaning they do not know where their next meal is coming from).
The San Diego Food Banks’s ‘Food 4 Kids Backpack program’ provides food for nearly 2,000 school-aged children who rely on school meals as part of their daily nutrition, but those same kids may go hungry on the weekend. Unite NCI is helping connect local food banks and food donor programs to schools with those children in need. To do that, we rely greatly on donations from our local community. And we know a giving spirit is not only special to the giver, it’s joyful to the community as well. So, we’ve culled some ideas below to help jump start the ‘season of giving’ and inspire everyone to get involved: