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Summer Food Program Aims To End Food Insecurity For San Diego Children

Aired 6/5/14 on KPBS News.

Nearly 1 in 4 children in San Diego County rely on school food programs to get a daily meal, which means when school is out, they go hungry.


Summer Fun Cafe flyer

Summer Fun Cafe flyer


When the school year ends, hunger begins.

Nearly 1 in 4 children in San Diego County rely on school food programs to get a daily meal — higher than the national average. That means that when school is out during the summer they go hungry.

Jennifer Gilmore is executive director of Feeding America San Diego, which collaborates with city and county programs to end food insecurity. She says summer break can create a huge financial burden for families that are struggling already.

“Suddenly you find yourself in the position of needing to provide five additional meals, possibly 10 additional meals, if you have multiple children it can get up to 30 additional meals a week, and that’s a tough one for families to budget for," Gilmore said.

The "School’s Out, Hunger’s Not" campaign aims to keep children from having to go hungry for the summer.

“Any kid who is 18 or under can go to the summer food service sites and receive a meal this summer," Gilmore said.

Summer fun cafe sites begin serving lunch on June 19.

Disclosure statement: Feeding America is an underwriter of KPBS programming.


Avatar for user 'Mmikey'

Mmikey | June 5, 2014 at 9:51 a.m. ― 1 year ago

what are the odds of the parents of these children don't go a day without their cigarettes or beer?

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muckapoo1 | June 5, 2014 at 10:07 a.m. ― 1 year ago

i in 4. Higher than the national average. Well, what else do we have higher than the national average? Why not just send food trucks to Mexico? Anyone taking bets on when SD will run out of money with this insanity?

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Mmikey | June 5, 2014 at 12:09 p.m. ― 1 year ago


I think the corporate welfare projects will suck up much more than this drop in the bucket.

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muckapoo1 | June 6, 2014 at 10:22 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Mikey, corporate welfare, many times, brings new jobs. Illegals bring measles.

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DeLaRick | June 6, 2014 at 11:57 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Any Human Being: "Hi, Muckapoo. Lovely day we're havin'."

Muckapoo: "I hate Mexicans!"

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CaliforniaDefender | June 6, 2014 at 12:34 p.m. ― 1 year ago

I have a hard time believing that nearly half a million people are starving in San Diego (according to Feeding America).

I would more expect to see such a number in a third world country. If that number is true, this is a clear sign that our society is unsustainable and crumbling.

But what bothers me the most are people who continue to have kid after kid knowing they can't feed them, the most BASIC and IMPORTANT job of a parent!

We need to shift from enabling these terrible parents to have more and more kids to convincing them to not have any in the first place.

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CaliforniaDefender | June 6, 2014 at 12:44 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Also, did anyone notice this at the bottom of the Summer Fun Cafe flyer:

"Verify program with the Consulate General of Mexico at 619 308-9929"

Does that mean Mexico is contributing to the program, or are they simply advertising it to the Mexican population in San Diego for a free ride on our dime?

Anybody know?

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Missionaccomplished | June 6, 2014 at 12:58 p.m. ― 1 year ago

_uckkkapoop1, where does it say here, Mexico???

Do you have concrete evidence that they are talking about immigrant families from Mexico???

Try Appalachia or parts of cities like Hew York, Chicago, New Orleans.

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Missionaccomplished | June 6, 2014 at 1:05 p.m. ― 1 year ago

CA Offender, what do you consider the "Mexican population in San Diego?

US citizens of Mexicans descnet? Mexicans with permanent US residency status? Mexican citizens with temporary work visas? Mexican tourists???

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Missionaccomplished | June 6, 2014 at 10:20 p.m. ― 1 year ago

_uckkkapoop1, I have flagged your comment. Bigotry and stupidity doesn't belong here. Now, go pour some of that medicated shampoo on those crabs.

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JzMom | June 7, 2014 at 7:21 p.m. ― 1 year ago

California Defender...there are nearly 3.5 million people in San Diego the fact that you don't understand how 450 thousand of them are hungry is beyond logic. Not to mention, San Diego is one of the most expensive places in the country to live. And I must have missed the "Mexican" statistic in the article. My son attends an elementary school, and I can tell you there is a huge mix of all races. I also know for a fact that some of those children were actually living in shelters because their families could not afford homes. You don't know every single person's situation! It's not as simple as "make them stop having kids"...there is definitely a small percentage of losers out there who will take advantage of the "system", but why do you think it's okay that an innocent child starves because his/her parent or parents made a mistake in their life?? It's not that child's fault! Why are you so against helping people, especially kids? They need basic food, nutrition just to get through school. Would you rather they all go hungry and maybe start to steal, or start dealing drugs? would that be better for you? You realize where that road goes, right? Yes, prison!! And, then we're all paying for them anyway, but now with the loss of lives added in. I suggest you stop being so ignorant and actually educate yourself about societal issues. If you don't like it, then do something to change it instead of whining and blaming "Mexicans". Perhaps you should move if you're so intolerable.

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muckapoo1 | June 8, 2014 at 5:54 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Mission, do you need a Kleenex to cry in??? Wah Wah Wah

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