As we continue to navigate the health and economic crises associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger and food insecurity have emerged as critically urgent needs in our community.

“People are always so surprised to know how many people are struggling with food insecurity,” shared Anahid Brakke, Executive Director at the San Diego Hunger Coalition.

According to data from the Hunger Coalition, 1 in 4 San Diegans are currently at risk of hunger.

We recently tapped into local experts who discussed how our San Diego region is meeting the need for food assistance for children and families, the role of schools, where we are falling short, and how a new direction in grantmaking can help fill the gap of missing meals.

Speakers and local experts included:

  • Anahid Brakke, Executive Director, San Diego Hunger Coalition
  • Catherine Slomka MS, RD, Director of Nutrition Services, Oceanside Unified School District
  • Gray Payton, MSEL, Vice President of Community Impact, The San Diego Foundation

Senior Director of Donor and Community Engagement Katie Sawyer moderated this insightful conversation. View the webinar and share your thoughts or questions in the comments below.