Although more closures and restrictions are slowly being lifted across San Diego County, many locals are still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on the economy. In these hard times, food assistance programs have been a lifeline for hundreds of households, especially helping those who lose their jobs.
Episcopal Community Services' Food Distribution Center has been providing meals for students and families in need with the $135,000 it received from the COVID-19 Community Response Fund and San Diego Foundation. The foundation has been helping households involved in the Head Start programs.
So far, ECS has proved its efforts have gone a long way for these families.
On Tuesday, volunteers and workers made food kits that contained breakfast, lunch and snacks for 700 students and their families. These households will receive the kits every week through the summer and families are really grateful for the service.
“I’ve been working less, so this resource is supplying for that," Ruth Cardoso told NBC 7. "She’s eating what she would be eating at home, so she’s getting the same nutrition. It’s just different at mealtime because she doesn’t have all her friends around to pressure her into eating all her veggies."