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Local organizations team up to help feed kids during distance learning

Posted at 3:32 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 22:07:22-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Soon after the pandemic forced Chollas Creek Elementary to close its campus back in March, parents have been able to pick up meals for their children they usually received while attending classes.

To help provide this service to families, the San Diego Food Bank helps distribute boxes of food to those who need it.

Food Bank CEO James Floros says the organization is now serving 47 school sites in eight different districts.

Before the pandemic, the Food Bank helped around 350,000 people; that number has now doubled.

With distance learning continuing into the fall, non-profits, the districts, and the county are all trying to make sure kids don't go hungry while they learn at home.

"We knew when COVID hit that this was going to be a marathon, not a sprint and even if we had a vaccine tomorrow and COVID went away... now we're in a recession and we could be doing this for the next couple of years," Floros said.

If parents can't make it to their child's school regularly to pick up meals, they can go to the Food Bank's super pantries.

There are dozens of locations all over the county, each open at least three days a week to provide groceries.

In addition to the Food Bank, Feeding San Diego is also partnering with local school districts to distribute food.

Both websites have sections to look up where to get food in your neighborhood and what resources are available.

At many locations, all you have to do is show up, no questions asked.

"There's enough food for everybody they just need to reach out to the San Diego Food Bank, we'll help their families," said Floros.