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‘Month of a Million Meals’ Is Going to Need a Bigger Name

Feeding America San Diego announced that it raised 1,594,613 meals in partnership with ABC10, sister station Azteca San Diego 15 and Live Well San Diego as part of the first annual Month of a Million Meals campaign. The goal was exceeded by nearly 600,000 meals. San Diegans donated food and funds to support individuals struggling with hunger from Nov. 23 to Dec. 31, 2013.

In San Diego, 1 in 6 people, including 1 in 4 children, don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Individuals not only need more food to eat, but they need more healthful food.

In addition to the key sponsors, support for the Month of a Million Meals campaign was provided by MOGL Loyalty Services Inc., who presented a $30,000 check to Feeding America San Diego as part of the donation day Additional support was provided by 600 KOGO, 95.7 KissFM, Giving Back Magazine and Westfield Plaza Bonita.

Reality Changers hosted their seventh annual “State of the Inner City” address recently in City Heights and announced a $35,000 grant from AT&T. In addition they announced that a former head of state, an all-star baseball player, a best-selling author and university presidents will lead Reality Changers’ new “Action Teams.”

“The success of Reality Changers is fully dependent on the support of San Diego’s greatest leaders and behind-the-scenes champions,” said Reality Changers’ Founder and President, Christopher Yanov.

“Reality Changers has a unique way of engaging at-risk students in school and creating a pathway to a college education,” said Ignacio De La Torre, regional vice president external affairs AT&T California. “By bringing possibility into our classrooms and connecting students with successful professionals with a similar background, we hope to show the relevance of this type of work and further combat forces that drive students to dropout.”

Encinitas-based nonprofit Institute for Evidence-Based Change announced that the James Irvine Foundation has awarded a $1.4 million, one-year grant to continue data support for the Linked Learning District Initiative and to expand the work across California. IEBC data support includes systems, products, and services to improve data use among Linked Learning districts.

North County Health Services announced that it will receive health care product donations over the next two years valued at up to $25,000 as part of its renewed agreement with Henry Schein Cares, the global social responsibility program of Henry Schein Inc.

Henry Schein Cares helps to expand access to health care for underserved and at-risk populations around the world in the areas of wellness and prevention; emergency preparedness and relief; and capacity building.

Ongoing participation in the Henry Schein Cares program will enable North County Health Services to more effectively carry out its mission “to improve the health status of our diverse communities by providing quality health care that is comprehensive, affordable, and culturally sensitive” and expand its ability to provide care to low-income, uninsured/underinsured adults and children in northern San Diego County,” said Briana Cardoza, director of program planning and grants at North County Health Services.

Please email kudos/giving items to Stephanie R. Glidden at sglidden@sdbj.com.

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