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Feeding S.D.’s Campaign Gets Big Win in Fight Against Hunger

Feeding San Diego announced that through the Fuel for Summer campaign it raised $251,638, or the equivalent of more than one million meals, to provide critical support throughout the summer to ensure that kids and families received the nutrition they need to live healthy and productive lives.

Support by local celebrities included: Former NFL Super Bowl champion Steve Weatherford, Fox 5 News reporter Heather Lake, master chef Claudia Sandoval, motorbike stunt rider Robbie Maddison and Grammy award-winning band Switchfoot.

In San Diego County in 2016, 73 percent, or more than 92,000 students, of those who received free and reduced-price meals during the school year did not receive food programs during the summer, according to California Food Policy Advocates’ report 2017 School’s Out…Who Ate?

FSD works to solve this problem throughout the region. This summer, Feeding San Diego sponsored the Summer Food Service Program that served healthful meals to children at 15 sites throughout San Diego County and provided food for special school break distributions, Summer Fun Café BBQs hosted by San Diego Unified School District and local nonprofits and charities. Visit feedingsandiego.org.

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Vista-based Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps pledged $1 million during the next four years to the San Diego-based nonprofit TERI Inc., an acronym for “Training, Education, Research, Innovation.” The donation will support the organization’s plans to expand its Southern California operation to include a new, state-of-the-art facility called the “Campus of Life.” The campus will provide an innovative and therapeutic environment, and conduct cutting-edge research as a world-class, international center of community, acceptance and empowerment for individuals with developmental disabilities.

The first facility of its kind, the campus is set on 20 acres in San Diego County specifically designed to advance the standard of care for individuals of all ages with special needs. Comprehensive, career-focused certification programs will be available in fields such as culinary arts and food service, agriculture, sustainability, and the arts.

TERI serves over 650 clients in Southern California with more than 17 programs based at its main campus in Oceanside as well as in residential homes throughout the area.

Cheryl Kilmer, chief executive officer of TERI said, “One in five children are born with developmental or learning disabilities, and there are families desperate for services to fill the gap in what’s provided.”

TERI also trains professionals and agencies in more than seven countries.

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The Living Coast Discovery Center, a nonprofit zoo and aquarium on San Diego Bay in Chula Vista, raised $84,000 in net proceeds at its eighth annual Farm to Bay event. The funds, which were generated through a combination of sponsorships, ticket sales, auctions and Raise the Paddle donations, support coastal wildlife conservation, education and sustainability programs at the Living Coast throughout the year.

Approximately 400 guests attended the event, with chef Jeff Roberto, owner of Sushi on a Roll serving as culinary chair. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, the Living Coast also honored San Diego County Supervisor Greg Cox for his vision, guidance and support, without which the Living Coast would not exist.

Living Coast Executive Director Ben Vallejos said, “We are grateful for the support of Supervisor Cox and the local community, sponsors and volunteers for making Farm to Bay a success.”

The 2017 Farm to Bay sponsors included Marine Group Boat Works (presenting sponsor), Chula Vista Clean, Mission Federal Credit Union, BAE Systems, Baldwin & Sons, Cox Communications, Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Republic Services Inc., San Diego International Airport, Sprouts Farmers Market — Chula Vista and Eastlake, Walmart Inc., Wells Fargo, Pacifica Cos., Amara Bay, Jim Biddle, EDCO, General Dynamics NASSCO, Hoffman Hanono Insurance Services, Jeff Katz Architecture, The Miller Hull Partnership LLP, Port of San Diego, Sycuan Casino, The San Diego Foundation, Waitt Foundation, San Diego Magazine, Edible San Diego and Sunny 98.1 FM.

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The Rotary of San Diego Foundation raised more than $20,000 in donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The funds will go to support the Rotary Clubs in Corpus Christi and Beaumont, Texas that are spearheading relief efforts. To contribute, visit the foundation’s website.

Send Kudos/Giving items to sglidden@sdbj.com.

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