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'It's All About the Kids' non-profit honored for serving local families

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Posted at 12:45 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 20:23:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Every Thursday afternoon in Logan Heights, people line up to get food.

Angela Brannon-Baptiste is the woman who started the pantry and the organization that supplies it, called "It's All About the Kids".

The non-profit has been serving local families since 2004, handing out more than 1.5 million meals and counting.

"They tell us that for many of them this is the only food they're receiving because there's just no money to buy food," said Baptiste.

When the pandemic hit the group saw the need grow almost overnight.

"We saw hundreds of additional families come to see us each week and it was a bit frightening," Baptiste explained.

Although they'd like to help everyone, they're restricted by their own means.

Unlike some other food distribution programs that operate on a first come first serve basis, It's All About the Kids takes a more targeted approach.

"We decided we needed to narrow that down and really work with the schools to identify who was most in need, so that's who we help now," Baptiste said.

At this point, that help is going to about 2,200 families currently on the program.

Those who show up get boxes of not just something to eat, but something good to eat.

Batiste says it's important they provide as much fresh food as possible, " I think that food is so important and that is our responsibility as successful adults to give back to those that are less fortunate and to help them, so that's just always been my mantra."