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November 17, 2010

1101 Pounds of Food - YMCA Food Drive

YMCA Food Drive

As part of Character Development month, the YMCA Food Drive, in partnership with Move For Hunger, benefited Feeding America San Diego, the largest distributor of donated food in San Diego County. Members and participants of several local Ys came together to collect unopened, non-perishable food items to distribute to the needy. During October, collection boxes were conveniently located at nine Y locations throughout San Diego County. Together, we donated a total of 1101 lbs. of food, the equivalent of 1409 meals for San Diego County residents in need.

Feeding America San Diego plays an important part in the fight against hunger in San Diego County. Working with 175+ partner agencies including the Y, Feeding America San Diego is able to help feed approximately 73,000 families, kids and seniors each week. The Center on Policy Initiatives and United Way of San Diego recently released a report that showed 3 in 10 households in the County don’t earn enough to make ends meet. When people are faced with such economic hardship, food is often one of the first things that is minimized.

Each October, thousands of children and their families all across the county are engaged and focused on the YMCA core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility as all branches celebrate Character Development Month. Through a special grant and partnership with the Sempra Energy Foundation, we dedicate the month to challenging others to accept and demonstrate the values through a variety of programs and activities. Character Development Month has been celebrated by the Y for the past 10+ years. Its purpose is to highlight our year-round focus on teaching and demonstrating core values in our programs.

The Four Values of the Y:


Show a sincere concern for others


Be truthful in what you say and do


Follow the golden rule


Be accountable for your promises and actions

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