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Food drive feeds San Diegans during pandemic

Posted at 5:40 PM, Apr 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-11 21:56:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Non profit Feeding San Diego hosted a food pick up every Saturday for families suffering from the stay home order and/or the pandemic.

"This is a really intense time of vulnerability combined with a good amount of fear," CEO of Feeding San Diego Vince Hall said.

The boxes of food provided families picking up a sense of security.

"They are struggling with difficult life changing decisions like, do I buy food? Or do I buy healthcare? Do I pay for rent? Or do I pay for nutrition for my kids? We see parents that are skipping meals," Hall said.

Hall said before the crisis about 1 in 8 San Diegans were food insecure. Now, he said, that number is triple.

Hall said donations and volunteers are what keep them running.

"Putting a smile on anybody's face at this time is the most beautiful, rewarding feeling," Volunteer Monica Perez said.

"The generosity of this community is the key to Feeding San Diego's ability to continue meeting this need." Hall said they've received huge donations during this unprecedented time.

The pick up starts at 9 a.m. every Saturday at SDCCU Stadium.

The San Diego Food Bank also has food distributions throughout the county.

For a list of Feeding San Diego food distribution locations, click here.