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Platt College San Diego Food Drive

September 27th, 2017 |

Platt College San Diego Food Drive

Here’s How You Can Help…

Starting today the 27th of September, Platt College San Diego will conduct a food drive to support Feeding San Diego, which is a local chapter of Feeding America. This food drive will last for fifty days until the 16th of November, 2017. Food can be dropped off at the Platt College San Diego Library between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Thursday. If you want to donate any other time, please call and schedule an appointment with Dave Downes. Past Food Drive Results

The Background

“Founded in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in the county, distributing healthy food with dignity to San Diego residents struggling with hunger. The non-profit organization, funded by philanthropic and community support, is devoted to feeding the hungry, advocacy and education. FSD is committed to solving hunger in our communities and informing the public on the issues of food insecurity, nutrition, and poverty. They fight hunger locally by working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 63,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.”www.feedingsandiego.org

Suggested food drive items include the following:

  • canned beans
  • dry beans
  • peanut butter, or other nut butters
  • rolled oats
  • canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup
  • canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium
  • low-sodium soups
  • canned tuna in water
  • canned chicken
  • brown rice
  • quinoa
  • nuts, unsalted
  • seeds, unsalted
  • shelf stable milk and milk substitutes
  • whole grain pasta
  • low-sodium pasta sauce
  • popcorn kernels (not microwave popcorn)
  • canned stews
  • unsweetened apple sauce
  • whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals
  • olive or canola oil
  • canned tomatoes
  • dried fruits, no sugar added
  • honey
  • chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock.
  • baby formula
  • baby food
  • Canned goods that have a pop-top are better than those that require a can opener.
  • Avoid donating foods packaged in glass.
  • Please do not donate food that is past it’s expiration date.
  • Bold items are the most needed.

The Added Relief Effort

Split image Hurricane Irma cloud height and Mexico Earthquake aftermath While this drive is designed to support those in need locally here in San Diego, we also recognize that many are seeking ways to assist those in need following Hurricane’s Harvey and Irma, and the recent earthquakes in Mexico. It is hopeful that some of the food donated may end up helping those areas affected, however, the best method is to donate directly to the Feeding America chapters helping or the Mexico Earthquake relief fund.

Some Often Forgotten Victims…

A stray dog walks a beach after Hurricane Maria We also recognize that there are some forgotten victims of these recent tragedies that often go unnoticed. This is why Platt College San Diego will be collecting donations for pets affected by these disasters as well. All proceeds will be donated to the local Humane Society of San Diego.

The following are some of the best items to donate:

  • Canned or dry dog food
  • Canned or dry cat food
  • Meat flavored baby food
  • Canned chicken
While we hope that these donations will eventually make it to the affected areas, the roads to these areas are congested with other relief efforts already. So you can donate directly to the areas affected by using one of the links below

A Word Of Caution

In these times of desperate need, it is unfortunate that some people would use our good nature for profit. Please be mindful of scams and questionable operations. Both Feeding America and Global Giving are top rated on the charity watchdog website Charity Navigator. Furthermore, the Humane Society is one of the top performers as well. If you want to give, but do not wish to give to the charities listed above, please give intelligently, and avoid being taken advantage of. Charity Navigator lists several ways that you can give in order to assist others in this time of need. Regardless of the method in which you choose to help out, we thank you for your part and sincerely hope that disaster does not strike close to your home or ours. A woman and a child along with several others are evacuated

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Dave is a 20 year US Navy veteran

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