San Diego Food Bank CEO, Jim Floros, and Direct Services Manager, Daniela Solano, personally thanked employees from Surrogate Alternatives for their generous donation to our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.

Thankful Thursday: The Introduction

by Michael Minjares, Development Grant Writer

“Thank you.” We grow up learning these are “magic words” that should be used to express gratitude and appreciation.

At the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, it is not magic that enables us to provide nutritious and critically-needed food to low-income community members. No, the secret to our success is the hundreds of partners and the thousands of contributors who have chosen to generously share their resources of time, talent or treasure in order to positively impact this community.

Every day, organizations, companies, foundations and individuals make contributions to the Food Bank that enhance services to low-income families, financially struggling seniors, dedicated military personnel and their dependents, and veterans. And, while the Food Bank regularly thanks the people behind each and every one of these gifts, we have decided to introduce a new and public forum to thank our giving partners and contributors.

What Is “Thankful Thursday”?

Starting this month – Hunger Awareness Month in San Diego – the Food Bank welcomes in “Thankful Thursday.” The idea is a simple one – every Thursday we will publicly highlight individuals and organizations working with us to alleviate the food insecurity issues faced by our low-income neighbors.

The Food Bank’s Facebook page and Twitter feeds will see gratitude expressed the best way we know how – with sincere and heartfelt thank yous. Throughout the day, we will highlight a few of the many acts of kindness, big and small, that make a profound difference for those struggling to put enough food on the table or worried about where they’ll obtain their next meal.

We may not be able to make hunger disappear with the wave of a wand, but we can ease the food and related nutrition challenges affecting those in need through the generous support and hard work of nonprofit partners, corporations, foundations and individuals – caring folks just like you.

Making Kids Lives Easier

To get our Thankful Thursday campaign started, the Food Bank would like to say “Thank you” to Surrogate Alternatives.

A group of employees from  Surrogate Alternatives in Chula Vista came together recently to collect food and backpacks for children in the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. The local company was inspired to give back and get involved after one of their employees saw a flyer at their local Starbucks talking about the Food 4 Kids program – a Food Bank program that provides 1,630 children from low-income families with a weekly backpack of child-friendly food to ensure they have food to eat over the weekend when school meals are unavailable.

Together, the folks from Surrogate Alternatives packed 25 backpacks filled with nutritious food (171 pounds) – all of which was donated by the surrogacy company and its employees.

The Food Bank sincerely appreciates your donation and involvement, Surrogate Alternatives. Thank you for making a huge difference to children in our community.

Climb the pyramid of physical activity!

Nutrition Notes: Let’s Get Active!

by Amanda Thomas, Nutrition Intern

Are you interested in adding years to your life, and life to your years? Well then, I have the perfect solution for you – physical activity! Regular physical activity can provide health benefits for people of all ages, shapes and sizes by reducing both your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Sounds like a pretty good deal, if you ask me!

Many Americans seem to associate the words physical activity with the gym, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. Physical activity can be achieved in any type of setting and at any time ranging from a brisk walk to a long run on the beach!
Physical activity includes:

- Any type of aerobic activity that increases your heart rate. This can be achieved by doing something as simple as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking in the furthest spot from the front door as possible.

- Walking, jogging and gardening is considered moderate physical activity.

- Elliptical training, biking and participating in aerobic sports is considered vigorous activity.

I recommend preforming the talk test in order to assess whether you are participating in moderate or vigorous activity. If you are able to easily talk to the person next to you during your workout, your activity is considered moderate. If you are unable to speak due to intense breathing then you are performing at a vigorous level.

- Any type of muscle strengthening exercise such as lifting weights, using machines, bands, or your own body weight to target major muscles including legs, hips, back, arms, chest, and stomach. These forms of physical activity are typically considered to be vigorous.

- Balance and stretching activities such as yoga, martial arts and dance, which promote physical flexibility.
So how much is enough?
Adults ages 18-64 should participate in moderate aerobic activity for 2 hours and 30 minutes per week or vigorous activity for 75 minutes per week in order to achieve the necessary health benefits.

Think 30 minutes of activity most days of the week.
Extra tips!
It is best to spread this aerobic activity throughout the week rather than completing it in just one work out session.

If your goal is weight loss, you should double the amount of time per week in which you participate in physical activity (5 hours of moderate activity or 3 hours of vigorous activity per week).

For more information regarding the benefits of physical activity, click here!