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Feeding San Diego CEO Speaks To Chamber Of Commerce

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Posted: Friday, May 3, 2019 10:16 am

Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego, was the featured speaker at the Chamber’s monthly networking breakfast at the Dempsey Holder Center on April 25 at 7:15 a.m.

Valerie Acevez, the Imperial Beach Chamber president, kicked off the meeting and after some brief remarks she introduced Hall.

Feeding San Diego is not a food bank, but a food rescue operation that recovers food that would otherwise go to waste from local groceries, restaurants and schools. After recovery, the food is distributed to local charities who then distribute the food to individuals.

Feeding San Diego provided over 26 million meals in 2018 and helps feed about 63,000 people a week; 60 percent of the people they help are children. They are the largest hunger relief organization in the county.

They estimate that 40 percent of the food in San Diego is ultimately thrown away. Not only does this waste contribute to landfills, organic waste such as food, is one of the largest sources of methane which contributes towards climate change. Rescuing food from landfills feeds a lot of hungry people and helps save energy and reduce pollution in many ways.

Starbucks has used San Diego as an incubator for its nationwide food rescue program and donates about 10 pounds of food per store per day. As an added bonus, it also donates the money it receives from lower taxes to help Feeding San Diego operate.

As the food rescue operation has become more well-known, the challenge they face today is not getting the food donations, but being able to distribute it in a timely fashion to needy organizations.

Food safety is their top priority. There is a lot of produce that may not sell due to cosmetic reasons but is perfectly safe to eat. Food that is beyond the sell by date is still safe to eat but the manufacturers will no longer guarantee its appearance or flavor, so grocery stores remove it from their shelves.

For more information about how you may help Feeding San Diego fight hunger in San Diego please visit their website at www.feedingsandiego.org.

The next Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce meeting is May 23 at 7:15 a.m. at the Dempsey Holder Center in Imperial Beach.

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