Feeding San Diego Receives Grant Money To Boost Their School Pantry Program
Feeding San Diego has received a $100,000 dollar grant from Cigna Foundation’s Healthier Kids For Our Future grant program.
Becky Gower is the grants manager at Feeding San Diego, and said the grant money is going to support Feeding San Diego’s school pantry program. It provides low income schools across the county with food for when children are at home.
“This money is really well timed and is going to be put to great use,” Gower said. “Our program is providing meals, food, staples and fresh produce for when the child is home with their families. So, for whatever meals they have in their household to help them cook more meals at home, have more fresh food available to both the students and their families.”
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Several school districts benefit from this program and most run food distribution twice a month. The grant money will help include more schools in the program.
“We found that works really well because it is at the schools and families are visiting schools already, so it’s kind of one stop,” Gower said. “It’s a mix of both shelf-stable and fresh produce. It’s about 30 pounds of food in total.”
Gower said the grant money is going to go a long way for this school year.
“We project that we will be able to distribute just over four million meals,” Gower said.
Feeding San Diego recently wrapped up their fiscal year and were able to provide over 40-million meals to people facing hunger.