In April of 2020, a group of caring, resourceful people came together to figure out how we could best support our community through the COVID-19 pandemic. Our diverse experiences led us to an innovative way to help schools provide healthy food to students and their families; a project we called Plus Box.
Prior to the pandemic, one out of every five children in our community lived in food insecure households. COVID-19 exacerbated this problem as public health guidelines and school and business closures created uncertainty nationwide, the unemployment rate skyrocketed, and schools everywhere struggled to keep up with the increasing demands for meals for their most underserved students.
Here in California we will experience the largest increase in the number of people living in food insecure households in the country. Nationwide, more than 50 million people may experience food insecurity due to COVID-19.
This is where +BOX comes in. We partner with school districts to supplement school nutrition programs with boxes of fresh nutrient rich foods for students and their families.
We’re a group of multi-talented, resourceful people who care about our neighbors.
The +BOX program is managed and operated by Equation Collaborative, a San Diego based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Equation Collaborative is led by Wesley Burt, who brings advanced education in public policy and over ten years of experience working with school districts to find creative solutions that improve student outcomes. He spent the last six years as a founding member of LearnPlatform, an education technology company committed to expanding equitable access to technology that works for all students.
Our operational partners are a certified and well respected restaurateur and catering company, Homestead Solana Beach and Root Cellar Catering Co. Owners Jamie and Marie Brawn have 8 years experience managing, operating and owning successful food service establishments. With an emphasis on nutrition and healthy alternatives, executive chef Jamie Brawn brings a real difference to the typical food products distributed to those in need.
+BOX received seed funding and is supported by the Burt Family Foundation.
By the Numbers
Measuring our work helps us, our collaborators and our supporters understand the impact that +BOX is having on our community and how we can improve to better serve food insecure families.
Tons of Nutritious Food Every Week
(through Jan. 2021)
(through Jan. 2021)