With school right around the corner, it’s important to think about San Diego kids who are less fortunate. This month, two programs need your support. You can donate food, backpacks, flash drives or merely dine out at restaurants who will donate $1 per dish. Take a minute to read about how you (and even your kids) can get involved.
Food 4 Kids Backpack Program
The Food 4 Kids Backpack Program at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank provides weekend food to elementary school children who receive free school meals during the week, but are going hungry over the weekends when school meals are unavailable. Some of these children are returning to school on Monday having eaten little or nothing since Friday lunch. The program currently serves 800 children in 22 schools. With the continued support of the community they will serve 1050 children in 26 schools in the 2011-2012 school year.
In 2009, local food bloggers Caron Golden and Alice Robertson launched a grassroots food drive and fundraiser to support the program. To show their support two local restaurants graciously donated a “dollar a dish” for a featured dish for one month. The entire campaign raised over $6,000 and so began the Dollar A Dish fundraiser. The amount raised doubled in 2010.
Over 30 San Diego restaurant locations and gourmet food trucks have signed up to join the 2011 campaign. Each participant has picked ONE popular dish and will donate a dollar to Food 4 Kids every time it is sold during the month of August. A list of these fine establishments is on the flyer below.
Promises2Kids Back to School Backpack and Flash Drive
Promises2Kids invites you to participate in the 2011 Back to School Backpack and Flash Drive to collect school supplies for children and youth in foster care in San Diego. Local businesses, churches and community groups will host collection points throughout the community from August 1 to August 19, 2010. The donations of backpacks and flash drives are essential in providing each child with a system to keep all of their schoolwork and computer assignments organized. The organization hopes to collect 5,000 backpacks and flash drives, as well as other much needed school supplies during community campaign.
On average, a foster child will live in at least seven different homes before they turn 18 years old, and these donated items will be key in helping them stay on top of their work throughout the 2011-2012 school year. “The school classroom is often the most stable environment for children in our care,” says Hon. Susan Golding, president and chief executive officer, Promises2Kids. “The flash drives we collect help keep their schoolwork intact and they can take it with them wherever they end up.”
You may drop off donations between August 1 to August 19, 2011 at Promises2Kids (9440 Ruffin Court, Suite 2, San Diego, 92123).
If you have read this far, I truly thank you!