CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Help is on the way for tens of thousands of South Bay residents unable to afford to put food on the table.
According to the South Bay Hunger Relief Forum, held Monday at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library, many in the South Bay just can't afford enough nutritious food for themselves and their families.
"We need to talk more," said Stan Miller of Community Health Improvement Partners. "We need to know what our neighbors are doing when it comes to food distribution."
The forum brought together community and elected leaders to discuss local and state initiatives to improve the community's ability to provide food for those who need a proper meal.
The forum was held a day before Southwestern College cut the ribbon for its own food pantry, the Jag Kitchen. The pantry will provide canned goods and fresh fruits and vegetables to students.
"I'm not alone. There's a lot of us in this school who really need this," said student Gaby Fimberes, who is a mother and a full-time student.
One of the biggest hurdles facing food pantries and distribution centers is stock. Donations are the massive source for the kitchens.
A recent Southwestern College survey revealed 81 percent of students are food insecure or know of someone who is.
A Jag Kitchen spokesperson said they are seeking donations for their pantry. A list of items can be found at http://www.swccd.edu/JagKitchen.