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Oceanside children will soon have access to more food afterschool and during the summer thanks to a $20,000 grant awarded to the City of Oceanside by the National League of Cities. SDHC wrote the grant with the City. The funding will help expand existing meal sites and launch new ones as well as support the creation of the North County Youth Meals Task Force.
The CalFresh Challenge encourages people to live on the average San Diego County CalFresh allotment per person of $4.18/day or $20.92/5 days to raise awareness about hunger in our region. Take an extra step by fundraising during the Challenge for the chance to win great prizes.
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Our Policy & Advocacy Director, Diane Wilkinson, led a contingent of the Hunger Advocacy Network (HAN) in meetings with San Diego’s members of Congress on March 7, 2017 to advocate for nutrition and food assistance at the federal level to support our local work. This day concluded the annual National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington D.C.
Shifts in the current administration have created uncertainty and confusion in many immigrant communities leading many families to become more hesitant in seeking vital anti-hunger resources and/or voluntarily withdraw from government food assistance programs. We have compiled the latest information and resources available to help organizations and their clients.
We convened dozens of healthcare professionals to hear from experts at UCSD School of Medicine, Sharp HealthCare, Family Health Centers, 211 San Diego and Feeding San Diego and discuss our report, Launching Rx for CalFresh in San Diego: Integrating Food Security into Healthcare Settings.
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Hunger in San Diego County
We often think about food in terms of individual choices, family celebrations, and our cultural heritage. More than 500,000 San Diegans (over one in six), however, have a relationship with food that is dominated by scarcity. These households—including families with children, veterans and military families, and senior citizens—do not have access at all times to enough food for an active healthy life. Why? Because of what they earn, where they live, or other gaps in our food system.
Federal nutrition programs are our nation’s most important direct defense against hunger, food hardship and unhealthy diets. When household incomes don’t provide enough to meet basic needs, programs such as CalFresh (food stamps) and school meals can bridge the gap and increase access to healthy food.
The San Diego Hunger Coalition conducts training and technical assistance for community-based organizations and schools; educates policymakers and the public about social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to hunger; and advocates for legislative and administrative policies to end hunger, promote nutrition and protect public health.
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