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Father Joe’s Villages’ Event Raises $1.3M

Father Joe’s Villages’ 38th annual sold-out event Waves of Possibilities, held on May 20, raised nearly $1.3 million for life-changing programs and services to support nearly 600 families and more than 1,100 children experiencing homelessness in San Diego. Father Joe’s Villages provides housing, food, health and dental care and counseling services for children and adults.

During the event, Allan and Peggy Keck, The Menard Family Foundation and The Ladies Guild were recognized for their commitment to supporting San Diegans experiencing and overcoming homelessness to receive vital services.

Research shows children who are homeless are four times as likely to have delayed development, four times as likely to be homeless as adults, and twice as likely to repeat a grade in school. Father Joe’s Villages emphasizes providing critical care to children to break the cycle of homelessness.

Funds raised at this event will benefit essential programs for children including Father Joe’s Villages’ fully licensed and accredited Therapeutic Childcare Center, which provides preschool and after-school programs and emergency and life-sustaining services like food, shelter and healthcare.

“Through the generosity of our community members, Father Joe’s Village will continue to assist San Diego children and families to become self-reliant, to live a healthy and productive life,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages. “Along with our community partners, providing access to vital services will lead to a brighter future.”

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Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank CEO Casey Castillo was elected to serve on the California Association of Food Banks’ Board of Directors at the organization’s annual May meeting.

California Association of Food Banks (CAFB) is comprised of 41 food banks across the state, including the San Diego Food Bank. CAFB provides its member food banks with a range of support services, direct service programs and advocates for California’s food banks at the state and federal level.

CAFB’s CEO Stacia Hill Levenfeld said Castillo’s “decades-long experience in food banking paired with an unwavering passion for his community will be an incredibly valuable addition to the board.”

The San Diego Food Bank’s hunger-relief programs directly benefit from the support of the California Association of Food Banks in many ways, including participation in the CAFB’s flagship Farm to Family Program, which rescues fresh produce that does not meet strict size and appearance guidelines but is otherwise safe for consumption with full nutritional value.

Last year, the San Diego Food Bank received more than 6.9 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables through the Farm to Family Program, which comprised about 48% of the total amount of fresh produce the Food Bank distributed to nourish local families and children facing hunger.

“The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is tremendously grateful for everything the California Association of Food Banks has accomplished over the years to ensure families can access the food they need to thrive during difficult times and to support the food banks who serve them as a safe and reliable resource,” said Castillo.

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