“Back to school” may have just gotten a little easier for some families in San Diego.
Students in the San Diego area can now receive free meals delivered to their homes thanks to a new partnership between DoorDash and No Kid Hungry.
The companies are working together to donate up to 100,000 deliveries through the DASH project to help schools provide food for students and facilitate access to educational resources.
Schools, school nutrition departments and other organizations adjacent to schools can apply for the program by completing the No Kid Hungry x Project DASH application form by September 30.
Food insecurity in San Diego
Feeding America, the nation’s largest anti-hunger organization, has estimated that 13 million American children (1 in 6) may experience food insecurity this year.
In 2019, the Jacobs & Cushman Food Bank in San Diego said that of San Diego County’s 3.2 million people, 450,000 people face food insecurity every day. Of this number, 177,000 were children. That’s 1 in 5 children in San Diego.
The number of hungry children has declined steadily over the past decade, but the pandemic has taken a toll on progress.
The San Diego Food Bank estimates that they have fed 600,000 people (adults and children) per month since March 2020. This is almost double what they served in 2019.
The pandemic has also presented new challenges specifically for educators, school administration and parents as they care for students who continue to adjust to distance learning and reduced access to meals and to the resources provided by the school on which they might have depended.
Since 2018, Project DASH has been providing online delivery and ordering solutions to government and nonprofit partners, helping hundreds of food banks and pantries serve their customers.
Through Project DASH, drivers delivered food bank and pantry boxes, meals, school supplies, mental health kits, essentials and more, totaling over 900,000 deliveries and more of 15 million meals linked to people in need across the country.
For more information on the DoorDash x No Kid Hungry partnership, you can visit the DoorDash website.