Feeding San Diego's mission to end hunger in our area is rooted in our early work supporting victims of the 2007 firestorms, which displaced hundreds of thousands of residents. We remain dedicated to supporting our entire region in times of extreme need, and effective preparedness begins by building the capacity of our organization to escalate our hunger-relief services at a moment's notice.
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 nearly annual wildfires in our region demand our organization's ability to respond quickly and efficiently to the emergency food needs of affected communities.
We are creating a robust disaster preparedness and resiliency plan that will ensure that Feeding San Diego can act as a key resource for Southern California in case of a disaster affecting our region. This project will help build Feeding San Diego's capacity to respond to any scenario that will increase the need for emergency food distributions across our 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.