hand up youth food pantry at jfs
Led by the Hand Up Teen Leadership Program, the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry focuses on helping people get back on their feet. Not only do we provide food to thousands of San Diegans facing hunger, but by including case managers at distribution sites we open the door to the array of vital services offered at Jewish Family Service.
Feeding America San Diego’s 2014 “Hunger in America” study shows that of the 473,500 San Diego County residents who seek emergency food every year, 26% are under the age of 18, 64% live in households in which at least one member worked during the previous year, and 27% live in households that include at least one member who is serving or has served in the military. By providing more lean meats, low-fat dairy, and fresh fruits and vegetables, the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry helps individuals and families access the nutrition they need to be good students, healthy and productive workers, and engaged members of our San Diego community.
National data from the “Hunger In America” study estimates that one-fourth of all U.S. households with a member currently serving in the military receive food assistance from a Feeding America-supported program. As a Feeding America San Diego partner and resource for military families in San Diego, Jewish Family Service worked with NBC to explore how this national challenge affects individuals and families in our own community. Click here to read more.
The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry is a partner agency of Feeding America San Diego and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.
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Food Distribution Location & Schedules
Client Choice Pantry - OPENING JULY 1, 2015
The Giving Tree
Meet the Hand Up Staff
Food Distribution Locations & Schedules
The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry delivers food to several locations throughout San Diego
County. Food is distributed once a week at St. Paul’s Cathedral
downtown, once a month at Camp Pendleton and Murphy Canyon Military
Housing, and as needed to our clients at Chabad Downtown, College Avenue
Center, Foodmobile, JFS Turk Family Center, and JFS North County
St. Paul’s Cathedral Distribution
Open to anyone in need of food assistance
Thursdays • 1:00–3:00pm
2728 6th Ave. (corner of 6th and Olive)
San Diego 92103
Items distributed include canned and boxed food, fresh produce, bread, hygiene items, and frozen meat (available one time per month). Attendees are welcome to pick up food weekly. We encourage you to avoid a long line by arriving after 2:00pm, when the line is shorter and food is still available. Please bring a picture ID and be prepared to fill out a short form the first time you attend.
"I am thankful for the food distribution because I lack the money to pay for food most of the time. The staff are all friendly and make me feel welcome."
– St. Paul’s Cathedral food recipient
We encourage you not to arrive before 1:30pm. We plan food purchasing
based on our experience and typically do not run out before 3:00pm.
Products distributed are standardized to ensure fairness to every family
Open to Active Duty military and their spouses
IS A NON-FEDERAL ENTITY. IT IS NOT PART OF THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE OR
ANY OF IT’S COMPONENTS AND HAS NO GOVERMENTAL STATUS.
Murphy Canyon Military Housing • 2:00–3:00pm
Murphy Canyon Chapel • 3200 Santo Rd.
June 7, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 4, November 8, December 13
Camp Pendleton • 2:00–3:00pm
Religious Development Center • Building #1344 on A St. and 11th St.
June 21, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 18, November 22, December 20
"These food distributions are important to my family as military pay isn’t very much. My family depends on the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry to make ends meet."
– Camp Pendleton family
We welcome any feedback about distribution procedures and community needs by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also greatly appreciate thank you emails and letters that we can use
to fundraise and continue serving the community. For more information
about the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry, call (858) 637-3088 or email.
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The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry at Jewish Family Service is seeking energetic, committed volunteers to join its brand new Client Choice Pantry, opening July 1, 2015.
Unlike a traditional pantry, where clients receive a pre-packed bag of staple foods, our Client Choice Pantry will allow visitors to “shop” from our available items, including fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain products, meat, and low-fat dairy. This model reduces food waste and prioritizes the dignity of our clients, allowing them to choose foods that match their preferences and dietary restrictions.
Our new pantry is only possible with your help.
Provide one-on-one assistance to clients as they shop
Empower clients with recipes and nutrition information
Assist Hand Up staff with critical tasks to keep our pantry running
Able to commit three hours each week for at least three months
Ready to make an impact?
Click here to apply and specify your interest in the Client Choice Pantry
Contact JFS Volunteer Engagement at (858) 637-3042
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The Hand Up
Youth Food Pantry feeds hundreds of hungry individuals and
families each month. 20-25% of the food distributed comes from commuity food drives. You can help alleviate hunger by conducting a food
drive in your school, business, group, or congregation! We’ll provide
you with everything you need, including flyers and food bins. For more information, call (858) 637-3356.
We have many other opportunities in the pantry and in the community for individual and group volunteers. We depend on hundreds of volunteers each month to assemble food bags, organize the pantry, and distribute food to our clients. Click here for a complete list of volunteer opportunities with the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry. To register for volunteer opportunities in the pantry or at military distributions, complete the Hand Up volunteer application.
"Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to help. My daughter wants to keep coming back to volunteer, she loves it!"
– Hand Up volunteer
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Hand Up Youth Food Pantry Giving Tree
The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry is a partner agency of Feeding America San Diego and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Through these organizations, we are able to purchase food at greatly reduced prices – often $.10-$.20 per pound! This partnership allows JFS to stretch each donated dollar much further and purchase more food than at a grocery store. Consider making a monetary donation by dedicating our Giving Tree! Click here for more information.
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Meet the Hand Up Staff
Jennifer Daelyn, Food Pantry Lead
Jennifer joined the Hand Up team in July 2013. Before moving to California, she coordinated a food pantry serving HIV+
individuals in downtown Philadelphia at an LGBT health center. Jennifer has always been passionate about providing quality food to those who need it and believes that a wholesome diet is truly the foundation for a full and active life. Jennifer joined the Hand Up team as the Food Drive and Distribution Specialist, and has truly enjoyed serving San Diegans in need at weekly and monthly distributions and by coordinating community food drives. Since being promoted to Food Pantry Lead, Jennifer looks forward to providing more healthy options to the people we serve, coordinating nutrition education events, and expanding our services as JFS grows.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Jennifer came to San Diego for the sunshine, the ocean, and Balboa Park. When she is not working, she can usually be found out in nature, working on an art project, or curled up with a good book. If you are interesting in setting up a food drive to benefit Hand Up, contact Jennifer at (858) 637-3356 or email@example.com.
Hand Up Youth Food Pantry's Jennifer Daelyn featured on the U-T Community Spotlight Radio Show>>
Rachel Isaacson, Food Drive and Distribution Specialist
Rachel joined Hand Up this past August 2014 after graduating from UC San Diego with a major in Political Science. While on campus, Rachel became involved with preventative health care, working as a peer educator on health issues for nearly three years. She is interested in noncommunicable diseases, specifically obesity and other diet-related disorders. To study these further, Rachel plans to attend graduate school and earn her Master’s in Public Health. She is very excited to be working at Jewish Family Service with Hand Up. She loves interacting directly with the community, and looks forward to helping make nutritious food more accessible in San Diego.
Originally from Boston, Rachel grew up in Los Angeles and has been living in San Diego for the last four years. In her free time, she practices yoga, cooks, and explores San Diego. She also just ran a half marathon and is looking forward to running more! Feel free to contact Rachel at (858) 637-3243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bernadette Enojo, Program Assistant
Bernadette joined the Hand Up team in February 2015. Previously, she worked as an Assistant Coordinator and Outreach Specialist for the Covered California Program with Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) San Diego, helping oversee a team of Outreach Specialists and delivering monthly presentations to community groups on health care options. Bernadette has always been passionate about assisting and advocating on behalf of families in need. She developed a strong interest in helping people improve their lives through a healthy diet, and believes that food truly is natural medicine. Bernadette is looking forward to working directly with the community to alleviate hunger.
Originally from San Diego, Bernadette grew up in Temecula and returned to complete her undergraduate studies at San Diego State University. When not working with JFS, you can find her Chairing the Fund-Development Committee with The Junior League of San Diego, or spending time with her mentee from MANA De San Diego Hermanita’s Program. Feel free to contact Bernadette at (858) 637-7309 or email@example.com.
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by a grant from the