The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank received a grant from the Leichtag Foundation to strengthen the capacity of their partner agencies in coastal North County to distribute fresh fruits and vegetables to their clients. A portion of the grant was used to purchase new refrigerators for agencies with a demonstrated need for additional cold storage and a commitment to distributing more fresh produce.
“The Jacobs Cushman San Diego Food Bank prides itself on building strong community partnerships,” says San Diego Food Bank President & CEO, Jim A. Floros. “We consider ourselves capacity builders and are thrilled to work with the Leichtag Foundation to empower these agencies to better serve the community.”
Additional cold storage allows agencies to receive, store, and distribute more fresh produce, thereby boosting the nutritional value of the food that their clients receive beyond shelf stable items such as canned foods. Increased cold storage also allows agencies to store produce properly, extending produce shelf life, reducing food waste and maintaining food safety standards.
A total of ten refrigeration units were awarded through a competitive process to the following agency partners of the San Diego Food Bank in coastal North County, Leichtag Foundation’s geographic area of focus:
- Bread of Life Rescue Mission
- Catholic Charities – Vista
- Community Food Connection
- Community Lutheran Church
- Fallbrook Food Pantry
- Genesis House of Prayer
- Palomar Korean Church
- St Andrews Episcopal Church
- St Francis Catholic Church
- Vista Spanish Seventh-day Adventist Church
To learn more about the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, please visit: http://sandiegofoodbank.org/