Back to School: San Diego Kids Need Food, Backpacks & Flash Drives

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.

Dollar a Dish Fundraiser - San Diego Food Bank

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!

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  1. Janis Harden
    August 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm — Reply

    This is such a great program and would love to participate. I work for a Free Tutoring Program that is federally funded for students who participate in the free/ lowcost food program in schools. If you are wanting more info? Let me know. It would be a great addition for families in need. We are also giving away pens and notebooks for kids in the San Diego and surrounding areas who need school supplies.
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  2. Jennifer
    August 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm — Reply

    Was just wondering how one would participate in this program? Both of my kids desperately need school supplies and quite frankly, I’m not in a position, financially to get them any this year. Any info. is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

    • August 26, 2011 at 9:43 pm — Reply

      The program for Promises2Kids is strictly (I believe) for kids that live in their facilities. Have you tried to contact the SD Food Bank? It’s a food filled backpack, though no pencils, etc. If you do find any other programs, let me know and I’ll post about them for other parents who may need them.

  3. kinda embarrassed that I'm poor
    August 15, 2011 at 8:57 am — Reply

    I live in San Diego and am struggling and I wanted to thank you for bringing awareness to those who read your blog I believe that charity not only starts at home but that these kindnesses blossom forth. It also makes sense to be locally charitable given our current relationship with petroleum but I digress. The reason I am writing this is because it will be absolutely essential for me and my children to get free school supplies so again I wanted to thank you.

    • August 15, 2011 at 12:29 pm — Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’ll make sure to highlight this even more. These are two charities near and dear to me.

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