The holidays are right around the corner! For many families, it is a time for cooking, laughing, and sitting around a table full of food.
Other families do not have this experience and have to find ways to save for a simple meal, let alone a holiday dinner.
Hunger in San Diego
Did you know 1 in 4 San Diegans is nutrition insecure* meaning they cannot provide 3 nutritious meals for themselves or their family per day? While this estimate is down from last year, it is still an increase from pre-pandemic years.
- 28% of the total San Diego population is nutrition insecure
- 35% of the child population is nutrition insecure
- 39% of Hispanic/Latino people in San Diego are nutrition insecure
- 37% of Black people in San Diego are nutrition insecure
With inflation soaring and the high cost of living in San Diego, many families rely on hunger relief assistance, even with both adults working.
For families who are experiencing nutrition insecurity, having a quick, easy way to cook that stretches their dollars is even more important.
*San Diego Hunger Coalition, March 2022, https://www.sandiegohungercoalition.org/research
IT’S MORE THAN JUST A CROCKPOT…
It’s a warm meal for a child during the holidays.
It’s a way to cook, stretch a dollar, become more sustainable, and bring a family together over dinner.
As parents work harder to afford the high cost of living, they have less time at home to cook. A tool like a crockpot can help give parents more time to spend with their children while having a quick, easy way to cook at home that stretches their dollars as the price of groceries continues to climb.
For families experiencing food insecurity, a crockpot can:
- Provide a warm meal in transitioning housing situations
- Lower the cost per meal for a family to stretch their dollars
- Make meal preparation quick and easy when working multiple jobs
- Provide a way to teach children how to cook safely
- Cook larger quantities of food, creating additional meals
- Make nutritious meals at home
- Provide a variety of meals using SNAP-approved ingredients
UNITED WE CAN
Help Families Experiencing Food Insecurity
You can help a family this holiday season! When you donate $50 from October 24 – November 14, United Way of San Diego County will purchase a crockpot for families experiencing food insecurity. Crockpots will be distributed before Thanksgiving so children and families can have a warm meal for this holiday and beyond.
Your donation of $50 will provide a family experiencing food insecurity:
If you have a new, unused crockpot that you would like to donate, you can drop it off at the front desk at the United Way of San Diego County office.
4699 Murphy Canyon Rd,
San Diego, CA 92123
Please drop off crockpots from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on the following Tuesdays: October 25, November 1, and November 8.
A very special thank you to our Crockpot Drive sponsors who are helping San Diego families have a way to stretch their dollars and make warm, nutritious meals all year long.
If you would like to partner with United Way of San Diego County to become a sponsor or host a crockpot drive at your workplace, please contact Frank Vargas at .