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San Diego food banks are seeing more first time users

Food banks throughout our county say they are seeing an increase in first time users.

SAN DIEGO — Gas costs, lease, and food on the retailer, every little thing is getting more costly lately and that’s forcing households to make some robust decisions.

Food banks throughout our county say they are seeing an increase in first time users.

Jacob McDermott works at Gizmo’s Kitchen, the free food financial institution at Grossmont College. He is aware of it is an necessary job as a result of not all that way back he got here right here for assist.

“Being able to access food right away was very helpful on my success because I didn’t have to stress where my next meal was coming from,” mentioned McDermott.

Gizmo’s arms out over 4,000 meals through the college year.

“There’s some students who struggle with housing issues,” McDermott mentioned of these utilizing the service. “Also, there’s students who may be coming from a background like former foster youth who struggle with lower income.”

Gizmo’s will get donations from a number of organizations together with Feeding San Diego, which has handed out over 3.7 million kilos of food since July 1.

“And just last month, we saw a 20% increase in April from the participation of people who came out in March,” mentioned Dana Williams, Feeding San Diego’s Director of Marketing and Communication. 

Williams says they purposely do not observe the households at their drive-through donation occasions and do not ask for any ID, as a result of they do not need to discourage households who could also be embarrassed to take part.

“Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it’s actually a sign of strength because it takes a lot to be able to say that I need help.”

Gizmo’s additionally will get food from San Diego Food Bank the place, sadly, they do not see the spike in want ending anytime quickly.

“Food banks expect the need to rise, not only over the summer, but throughout the year,” mentioned Casey Castillo, CEO of San Diego Food Bank.

CBS 8 is a proud sponsor of the San Diego Food Bank’s Nourishing Neighbors Summer Food Drive, which is happening via the tip of the month.

You may also help by making a food or money donation at any of the county’s 72 Von’s and Albertson’s shops.

“We have 100’s of thousands of school children that are on free or reduced meal plans during the school year,” mentioned Castillo. “When school ends and summer begins, those families are going to need our help.”

By the way in which, Jacob coming again to Gizmo’s is a quite common prevalence. Food banks say many volunteers and donors are individuals who as soon as wanted their providers, after which return to indicate their appreciation.

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