Why and How Father Joe’s Villages Provides 1 Million Meals a Year

November 24, 2016

Did you know San Diego has the fourth largest homeless population in the country? In addition to being without a place to live or sleep, most homeless individuals do not have access to nutritious food. According to Feeding America San Diego, nearly 480,000 San Diegans struggle with food insecurity, and of those, more than 160,000 are children.

That’s why Father Joe’s Villages puts emphasis on providing nourishing food to our neighbors in need. With their essential needs met, our neighbors are empowered to focus on overcoming their homelessness and poverty.

Each year, the Father Joe’s Villages’ Food Services Program serves more than 1 million meals to the men, women and children who are homeless in San Diego. We provide three daily meals to the residents of the Village, and a nutritious daily lunch for community members in need.

We have two full-size kitchens and provide hot meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Children living at the Village have specially prepared meals that meet their daily nutritional requirements and cater to the unique tastes of kids, while also ensuring that they receive balanced, healthy meals and snacks. We serve meals 365 days per year and use more than 18,000 pounds of food every day.

Our recipes are designed to help clients understand and recognize nutritionally balanced meals, so they can prepare healthy food when they are in homes of their own.

In addition to meeting the nutritional needs of residents and community members, the Food Services Program also operates a Culinary Arts Program (CAP)—an accelerated 14-week course taught by a professional culinary instructor.

The CAP Program teaches students marketable culinary skills so they can find work, earn a stable income and regain self-sufficiency. CAP students make a unique contribution to the Village by prepare the meals served to children. In addition, they bake our special Thanksgiving pies for Father Joe’s Villages’ Thanksgiving Day 5K every year.