The Lilac Fire in north San Diego County lasted for nearly 10 days and displaced an estimated 10,000 residents and cut off power to 20,000 people. Feeding San Diego responded to this disaster by providing additional food distributions and emergency assistance. We are ramping up our organizational preparedness to continue food-relief service in our vulnerable area and a backup generator is essential to this plan. The estimated cost is $75,000 and each gift will help us reach this goal.
San Diego County is vulnerable to a variety of natural disasters, such as wildfires and earthquakes, which often strike with little to no notice. The recent Lilac fires showed the importance of our organization's ability to respond quickly and efficiently to the emergency food needs of affected communities. The greatest threat to our ability to continue uninterrupted operation is the possibility of widespread power outages in our area.
This fundraising project will kick-start our enhanced disaster readiness plan by providing funds toward the purchase of a backup generator for our Sorrento Valley offices and warehouse. This backup generator would make it possible for our services to continue during a disaster scenario in San Diego County.
Feeding San Diego serves 63,000 children, families, and seniors each week. For many, our regular distributions are their only consistent source of healthy food. In addition to the people who rely on our programs to help stretch their grocery budget, during a county-wide disaster many more people will become food insecure in the short or long-term future.