Over 20,000 San Diego school children will go entire weekends not knowing if there will be enough food to eat.
These are not just kids from rural areas or low income neighborhoods. Nor are they kids of any particular race or ethnicity. You won't see their picture hanging on anyone's refrigerator door or their sad faces on late night television commercials with paid celebrity spokespersons pleading their cause. These are children from right here in our own communities, from all walks of life, who all have one thing in common... they're hungry.
Hunger can be harmful to any individual, but is particularly devastating to children due to their increased vulnerability and potential for long-term consequences, including health issues, behavioral challenges, future career opportunities and social acceptance. Studies have found that:
We need to all come together and help. Tri-City Medical Center has expressed interest in setting aside $25,000 each year for four years to support this program and is asking the business community in each city to sponsor their local schools with this most worthy cause by matching us $1 for $1. Investing in the nutritional needs of our community children will not only provide a higher skilled future workforce, but is the right thing to do. Will you join us?
To learn more, contact:
David Bennett at 760– 940-7365
Thank you in advance,
Scott Ashton, CEO
Oceanside Chamber of Commerce