SAN DIEGO HUNGER COALITION
The BVEF has awarded a grant to San Diego Hunger Coalition for $25,000 to Fight Rural Hunger in Borrego Springs. The grant awarded was the result of a food insecurity landscape assessment the Hunger Coalition completed for Borrego Springs in September 2017. BVEF’s mission is to create enduring changes that improve the health of the region. The findings from the assessment estimated that 1,000 residents. In the community of nearly 3,500 are food-insecure. Food insecurity is the inability to always access enough food for an active and health lifestyle. Based on the results of the assessment and support of BVEF, the Hunger Coalition will implement strategies based on national best practices to reduce hunger and provide additional meals for 300 food insecure people in Borrego Springs by connecting them to federal nutrition assistance.
The first phase of the Hunger Free Borrego Springs initiative includes the Hunger Coalition and the County of San Diego and Human Services Agency, working with partners that could include the Borrego Health Clinic, churches, Feeding San Diego and other nonprofits, to conduct targeted in-reach to Borrego Springs residents who are enrolled in Medical, who may also be eligible to receive Cal fresh, California’s version of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) Cal fresh issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and grocery stores to help improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutrition needs. The in-reach activities are anticipated to enroll 60 Borrego Springs households, or 126 residents in Cal fresh. The hunger Coalition estimates this will result in approximately $190,000 being brought into the local economy.
The Fund also included funding for the Hunger Coalition to provide technical assistance to support the Borrego Springs Unified School District(BSUSD) to give 90 additional students the opportunity to eat breakfast at school and serve afterschool suppers to 145 students in place of a snack they currently receive before heading to their afterschool programs The program will be fully funded by the federal At-Risk Afterschool Meals component of the Child and Adult Care Food Program’s(CACFP) and is anticipated to bring nearly $100,000 to the local economy.
To date, the Fund has contributed $28,000 to the San Diego Huger Coalition.