The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank: Hunger Matters

November 4, 2016

11.3% of the world’s population is hungry- that’s roughly 805 million people who go undernourished on a daily basis. Hunger in San Diego is a problem that many of us do not see, yet it affects people all around us. Of San Diego County’s 3.1 million residents, 475,773 people live in poverty- that’s 15.2% of our population. And unfortunately 138,334 are children. These individuals face “food insecurity” which means that little to no food is available at home, and often they do not know how they will get their next meal.

The face of hunger in San Diego has changed. We see people affected by hunger every day and most of us are unaware of it- the cashier at the gas station, the mom picking her son up from school, the senior citizen at the post office, the neighbor getting his mail.

The world produces enough food to feed all 7 billion people, but those who go hungry do not have money to purchase it. Jacob’s & Cushman San Diego Food Bank has been advocating for these hungry people since it was established in 1977. It acts on the belief that nobody should ever go hungry and is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, and served on average 370,000 people per month in San Diego County.

  • This year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food to San Diego County, which is the equivalent of 18.3 million meals.
  • A third (7.2 million pounds) of the food we distributed this year was fresh produce.
  • The Food Bank provided weekend backpacks full of food to 1,600 chronically hungry school children at 34 elementary schools every Friday during the school year.
  • The Food Bank provided 8,400 low-income seniors a box of groceries and staple food items at 45 distribution sites throughout the county every month.

Serving San Diego’s Low-Income Military Population

Many low-income military families living in San Diego often struggle with the region’s high cost of living compared with other lower cost regions of the U.S. The Food Bank’s distributions help over helped 28,000 low-income military personnel and their dependents every month, many of whom have difficulty making ends meet.

This year, the San Diego Food Bank distributed more than 700,000 pounds of food to veterans, active-duty service members and their dependents, through direct food distributions and in partnership with seven hunger-relief charities that serve low-income military personnel and their dependents.

Jacob’s & Cushman San Diego Food Bank relies significantly on donations and volunteers. While food donations provide a great proportion of the Food Bank’s food supply, monetary donations enable the Food Bank to purchase additional food. For every $1 donation, the Food Bank can provide 5 meals to the community. In addition, every year more than 28,000 volunteers help out at the Food Bank to take a stand against hunger.

What will you do to help end hunger this giving season?

Every life matters. Every meal matters. Hunger matters.