An estimated 504,829 (one in six) San Diegans are food insecure, according to the latest research from the San Diego Hunger Coalition.
In addition, 143,573 San Diegans are at risk of food insecurity, including 76,365 adults and 67,208 children living below the Federal Poverty Level.
With this data in mind, the San Diego Hunger Coalition, San Diego Food Bank and other hunger-relief nonprofits are teaming up this September for Hunger Awareness Month to raise awareness about hunger in San Diego County and how it adversely affects local families in our community.
There are several ways to join the conversation and help raise hunger awareness, such as:
- Hosting a Virtual Food Drive to support the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program
- Volunteering in the Food Bank’s warehouse or at a distribution site
- Following and using the hashtags #HungerFreeSD and #Food4Kids on social media
Also, you can sign up to be an advocate for a Hunger Free San Diego, a collaboration of agencies whose goal is to end hunger in San Diego County through food assistance resources.
Save the Food San Diego
While one in six San Diegans are food insecure, food waste is, and continues to be a local and national issue.
According to ReFED, American consumers, businesses, and farms spend $218 billion a year, or 1.3 percent of GDP, growing, processing, transporting and disposing of food that is never eaten. That equates to 52 million tons of food sent to landfills annually, plus another 10 million tons that is discarded or left unharvested on farms.
In response to this challenge, the San Diego Food System Alliance (SDFSA), with support from a donor advised fund at The San Diego Foundation, launched the Save the Food San Diego initiative to reduce food waste and increase food donations in San Diego County, tackling the top two tiers of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) five-tiered Food Recovery Hierarchy.
EPA provides food recovery alternatives in the San Diego Area as well, including city and County resources and a list of local organizations, including The San Diego Foundation grantees Feeding San Diego, Kitchens for Good and Produce Good, working to reduce food waste locally.
In addition to the initiative, SDFSA is hosting the Food Waste Solution Summit III September 26. The summit will unveil food waste solutions and impact opportunities and examine national trends to help inform San Diego’s waste reduction action plans.
Speakers, including our Director of Community Impact Katie Rast, will lead these discussions.
Is your organization working to raise hunger awareness or reduce food waste in San Diego? Share your efforts in the comments below!