The San Diego Food Bank’s Miramar warehouse was booming with laughter and positivity Tuesday morning as nearly 100 volunteers assembled to sort and bag nutritious food for thousands of San Diegans facing food insecurity. Of those who came together to donate their time (and energy) were employees from local Toyota dealerships along with a few members of the San Diego Padres’ ambassador team, the Pad Squad, the Swinging Friar, and Padres’ pitcher, Cal Quantrill.
During their volunteer shift, the group put their hands to work sorting and then bagging thousands of pounds of fresh apples to be distributed at upcoming distributions to local children and families in need. They also packed hundreds of boxes of nonperishable foods for seniors living on a fixed income filled with shelf-stable items such as canned fruit, canned meats and peanut butter.
And the generosity did not stop there! San Diego County Toyota Dealers also made a major financial contribution to the Food Bank’s vital Food 4 Kids Backpack Program donating a remarkable $15,000! This donation will go a long way to ensuring the Food Bank is able to address the nutritional needs of local elementary school children, living in poverty, in the upcoming school year.
“The San Diego County Toyota Dealers have been a longtime partner of the San Diego Food Bank, and we couldn’t be more thankful for their thoughtfulness and generosity,” said Food Bank President & CEO, James Floros.
“This is Toyota’s third year donating in support of our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program and with their continued support, we have been able to help thousands of local children get the nutrition they need in order to thrive in the classroom.”
The program, which provides each student with a backpack of food every Friday to ensure they stay nourished throughout the weekend when free or reduced-price lunches are not available, currently serves 2,600 students at 53 elementary schools in 14 school districts.
Thank you to San Diego County Toyota Dealers and the San Diego Padres for helping us to fight hunger and feed hope here at home!
CLICK HERE To learn more about the Food Bank’s Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.