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!