760.575.4571

IMMEDIATE NEEDS
 
As a food assistance project, our priority needs are food or money to buy food. Currently our warehouse is stocked with enough breakfast items to finish out the 2013/2014 school year. However, we desperately need the following lunch and dinner items! (no glass containers please)
  • Cup of Noodles Soup
  • Canned Soup, Canned Beans,
  • Canned Vegetables (18 oz or smaller),
  • Canned Tuna, Chicken, Beef, Weenies,
  • Canned Spaghetti, Chili, Mac & Cheese
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly (16 oz or smaller)
  • Ricaroni, Bagged Rice (16 oz or smaller)
  • Pasta w/ Sauce
  • Fruit Cups, Healthy Snack Bars
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Fighting Childhood Hunger in Our Own Backyard!

Looking into the face of hunger can
be difficult, but your compassion and kindness can determine whether a local homeless child will eat this weekend… or not.


Got Your Back San Diego is a weekend food assistance program for children attending San Diego County Schools who have been identified as homeless or food-insecure, that is – kids who don't know where their next meal will come from. 

Did You Know?
Every Monday morning, in virtually all 42 school districts across San Diego County, teachers and school nurses face the unique challenge of competing against hunger for the attention of children who have just gone most of the weekend with little, and sometimes nothing to eat.

Most people never equate homeless children with the kids in our local schools, but rather the stereotype image of people living on the streets. But you may be shocked to learn that there are currently more than 16,000 children attending San Diego schools who have been identified as homeless. Many of these children depend on the National School Lunch Program for their primary food source Monday through Friday. For many of them, school food is the only decent food they have all week. And unlike other children who look forward to Saturday and Sunday, when these kids leave school on Friday afternoon they don't know what, if anything, there will be at home to eat over the weekend. By the time Monday morning rolls around, as if dealing with the persistent pangs of hunger isn't enough, these kids are further frustrated and embarrassed by their struggle to solve simple math problems or memorize the spelling of a new word. All too often, the end results are low self-esteem, poor grades, and inept social skills, all the ripple effects of hunger.

The BackPack Program
The Got Your Back San Diego project was developed to provide local school children with the nutritious food they need over the weekend. Every week throughout the school year, volunteers at our North County warehouse fill backpacks with enough food to feed a child breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two days. In addition to hunger relief, each backpack also contains a short lesson to help children learn about food and nutrition that will benefit them throughout their lifetime. On Fridays volunteers deliver the backpacks to schools where they're needed. There, a designated school liaison distributes full backpacks to the children in need and collects empty backpacks from the week before.

Today, backpacks full of food are bringing relief to local children every weekend right here in San Diego County. With your help, we can do so much more, meeting the most basic needs of families in our own communities. 

To learn more about the Got Your Back San Diego program and opportunities to get involved, please call 760.575.4571 today!

Looking into the face of hunger can be difficult, but a touch of empathy and an intentional act of kindness can determine whether a local homeless child will eat tonight… or not. Got Your Back San Diego is a weekend food assistance program for children attending San Diego County Schools who have been identified as homeless or food-insecure, that is – kids who don't know where their next meal will come from. Did You Know? Every Monday morning, in virtually all 42 school districts across San Diego County, teachers and school nurses face the unique challenge of competing against hunger for the attention of children who have just gone most of the weekend with little, and sometimes nothing to eat. Most people never equate homeless children with the kids in our local schools, but rather the stereotype image of people living on the streets. But you may be shocked to learn that there are currently more than 16,000 children attending San Diego schools who have been identified as homeless. Many of these children depend on the National School Lunch Program for their primary food source Monday through Friday. For many of them, school food is the only decent food they have all week. And unlike other children who look forward to Saturday and Sunday, when these kids leave school on Friday afternoon they don't know what, if anything, there will be at home to eat over the weekend. By the time Monday morning rolls around, as if dealing with the persistent pangs of hunger isn't enough, these kids are further frustrated and embarrassed by their struggle to solve simple math problems or memorize the spelling of a new word. All too often, the end results are low self-esteem, poor grades, and inept social skills, all the ripple effects of hunger. The BackPack Program The Got Your Back San Diego project was developed to provide local school children with the nutritious food they need over the weekend. Every week throughout the school year, volunteers at our North County warehouse fill backpacks with enough food to feed a child breakfast, lunch, and dinner for two days. In addition to hunger relief, each backpack also contains a short lesson to help children learn about food and nutrition that will benefit them throughout their lifetime. On Fridays volunteers deliver the backpacks to schools where they're needed. There, a designated school liaison distributes full backpacks to the children in need and collects empty backpacks from the week before. Today, backpacks full of food are bringing relief to local children every weekend right here in San Diego County. With your help, we can do so much more, meeting the most basic needs of families in our own communities. To learn more about the Got Your Back San Diego program and opportunities to get involved, please call 760.575.4571 today!

who we are

Got Your Back San Diego is a food assistance program that operates under the umbrella of American Relief Organization (ARO), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Guiding ARO is it's Board of Directors made up of local small business people with a passion for serving the poor. But the life blood of ARO is the volunteers who are passionate and driven to make a difference in the lives of helpless children suffering hardship here in San Diego County.
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what we do

Got Your Back is a weekend nutrition program created by the ARO for elementary students in San Diego County schools who have been identified as homeless. Every week volunteers from all walks of life converge on our North County  warehouse to fill backpacks full of food and love and deliver them to schools. Currently, there are thousands of children in San Diego County‚Äôs schools who have been identified as homeless. With your help we are making a difference!
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who we serve

Living in a beautiful place like San Diego it may seem hard to imagine that almost 16,000 kids attending public schools are homeless. For most of these children, the school cafeteria is their primary source of nutrition. Many of them go the entire weekend with little or no food of any nutritional value. Got Your Back San Diego helps bridge the hunger gap for these kids over the weekend. Learn more about who these kids are and to help those in your local schools. 
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