The statistics on hunger are staggering for a country as affluent as ours.
1 in 8 people in San Diego County are food insecure, including 1 in 6 children. Feeding San Diego distributes more than 26 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, military families, veterans, the homeless and anyone else facing hunger. More than half the food Feeding San Diego distributes is fresh produce and 97% of the meals is high quality, rescued food that would have otherwise gone to the landfill. Thanks to the leadership of Vince Hall, Feeding San Diego is solving hunger and saving the environment.
10 Things About Vince Hall & Feeding San Diego
#1 I grew up in a small farm town in Fresno County called Firebaugh. 35 years ago, I moved to San Diego to attend SDSU.
#2 We are privileged to live in one of the best cities in the world, yet in the shadows of our prosperity lies an unbelievable human toll of hunger, illness and homelessness.
#3 By caring for our neighbors, we improve their quality of life, and show true appreciation for the extraordinary opportunities we have been given.
#4 As the son of Irish immigrants, it is a special pleasure to travel to Ireland and reunite with my relatives.
#5 I would love to visit Banff and Jasper National Parks. Although I have traveled to many places in the world, I have yet to experience our neighbor to the north.
#6 Whether it is a single mom of a special needs child, a military family with a parent deployed, a child who had nothing to eat since yesterday’s school lunch, or a senior citizen who struggles to pay bills, these are the faces of hunger which keep me focused on the importance of our work.
#7 I think what has surprised me most in life is the innate goodness of people. I have witnessed countless acts of generosity and kindness from people of every socio-economic class.
#8 During the recent government shut down, local US Coast Guard members serving in the line of duty, were not being paid. Feeding San Diego delivered 6-1/2 tons of food to feed their families.
#9 A couple in East County San Diego had a successful middle-class life until the husband was diagnosed with cancer. In the 10 years between diagnosis and death, they liquidated all of their assets to pay for his treatments. Now the wife is toiling to survive. Her eyes were full of tears when she talked about how important Feeding San Diego is to her.