Teen Challenge gave fresh produce to more than 1,400 people facing hunger last month.

Teen Challenge Awarded September Nonprofit Partner of the Month

by Shelly Hahne, Nonprofit Services Manager

Teen Challenge is a nonprofit partner that is very active in both the Food to Nonprofits program and hosts a monthly Neighborhood Distribution. Their staff members are incredibly organized and efficient when they select and pick up food from the warehouse. They utilize the services offered by the Food Bank to their full potential.

In the last year through the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, Teen Challenge has distributed 196,914 pounds of food (equivalent to 153,839 meals) to people facing hunger in our community. Included in that is an incredible 160,000 pounds of fresh produce.

As part of the City Heights community, Teen Challenge is becoming engaged in a unique project between the San Diego Food Bank and Feeding America San Diego, where all nonprofits in the community will work together to provide an equitable and dignified food system for people facing hunger. This is an exciting pilot project, and Teen Challenge is enthusiastic about being involved and working with their neighboring agencies.

When asked about their Food Bank partnership, Mike Conway of Teen Challenge said, “We are so thankful that we can work together to meet the needs of the hungry families in our community.”

Regarding their recent Neighborhood Distribution that served 319 households containing 1,425 people, Conway said, “It was such a wonderful day and everyone went home with a renewed sense of hope and gratitude. Thank you so much for your partnership!”

The staff at Teen Challenge is conscientious of report deadlines and is always sure to have statistics for both its Neighborhood Distribution and Food to Nonprofits submitted on time. The San Diego Food Bank thanks Teen Challenge for being such a great partner!

Website: http://www.teenchallenge.org/centers/san-diego-county/
Phone number for people seeking services: 619-295-0337

Neighborhood Distribution Site 
Food Location:
5450 Lea Street, San Diego, CA 92105
Food Hours: 2nd Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the produce is gone

Eating healthy while watching football is possible!

Nutrition Notes: Healthy Tailgating Tips

by Jenna Olson, RD Nutrition & Wellness Educator

Ready… set… hike! Fall is almost here, which means football season is back! The return of America’s most popular sport marks the beginning of tailgating season, which tends to include calorie-laden drinks, chips, fried foods and don’t forget the burgers and hot dogs! Watching football without food would be incomplete, but is there a way to keep it healthy along the sidelines? Why, of course! Just because it’s football season, doesn’t mean you can’t eat healthily while cheering on your favorite NFL team.

Grill Without Guilt

Barbecuing doesn’t have to put a damper on fitness and diet goals. There are a lot of ways to stay healthy by lightening up traditional tailgate foods.

- Make it lean when it comes to meat options. Try to choose ground meat that is 93% lean or more, if possible.

- Bulk up your burger or sandwich with extra vegetables like avocado, cucumbers, tomatoes or onions!

- Looking to save some calories for dessert? Try having your sandwich or burger wrapped in crunchy lettuce instead of using a bun. You can also skip the cheese
and save about 100 calories.

Survive Snack-Attacks

Chips, dips and desserts can be hard to tackle when it comes to tailgating in a healthy way, because those treats can often lead to overeating. This year, fuel up before you hit the fields with veggies. Vegetables can help keep you feeling fuller longer and can replace chips for dipping into bean-based dips such as hummus. Need some recipe inspiration? Check out these top 20 healthy tailgating recipes.

Exercise Break at Halftime

Football games tend to include a lot of eating and sitting. Encourage guests to take a halftime walk or stretch outside to get some fresh air and get the blood pumping again. Also, never forget the importance of hydration throughout the day! Oftentimes, the body can confuse hunger with thirst, which can be a sign of dehydration.

Do you have any healthy tailgating recipes? Share a picture or idea with us on FacebookTwitter or Instagram!

How much nutritious food do you think you can buy with $34.31 a week?

Nutrition Notes: CalFresh Challenge Week

by Jenna Olson, RD, Nutrition & Wellness Educator

Could you maintain a food budget of $34.31 for a week? That’s about $4.90 per day. For more than 285,000 low-income San Diego County residents, $34.31 is their weekly allotment for all of their food and beverage needs. This week marks the 8th annual CalFresh Challenge running today through Sunday, Sept. 21. The CalFresh Challenge provides participants an idea of what it is like for millions of Americans that work paycheck to paycheck to provide for themselves and their families.

The challenge started in 2007 when four members of Congress decided to live on an average food stamp budget for one week to raise awareness and understanding of what challenges many people face on a daily basis while receiving CalFresh benefits.

It isn’t too late to participate in the challenge this week. Here are the rules:

1. Budget: Each person has a total budget of $34.31 to be spent on food and beverages for the week (that’s about $4.90 per day).

2. What’s included in the budget: All food purchased and eaten during the Challenge week, including fast food and dining out, must be included in the total spending.

3. Food at home: During the Challenge, only eat food that you purchase for the project. Do not eat food that you already own (this does not include spices and condiments).

4. Social situations with food: Avoid accepting free food from friends, family, or at work, including receptions or social events.

5. Share your experience with us: Document your experience throughout the week using a blog or daily journal to track how you approached the Challenge and share your stories and recipes with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

Eating healthy can be tough when you are on a tight budget, below are a couple of resources for low cost healthy recipes that work on a CalFresh budget:

- What’s Cooking USDA Mixing Bowl Recipes: This website provides CalFresh friendly recipes that include the total cost and cost per serving.

- Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day: This is a free PDF version of a new recipe book that provides healthy meal ideas for a CalFresh budget.

It isn’t too late to participate in the challenge this week. Consider doing the challenge with your family, friends, coworkers or your fellow community members that are participating and make it official by pledging your participating here. We are excited that students from San Diego State University are participating in the challenge!