Social imbalances are more acute than ever, and there are many who need help to provide for themselves and their families, to have enough food, and to access other essential resources. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in five people in San Diego County were food insecure. Now, one in three San Diegans experience food insecurity, which means they are unable to provide three nutritious meals per day for themselves or their families. Almost 40% of children in San Diego are food insecure.
Launched in April 2020, +BOX (PlusBox) fights food insecurity by delivering reliable access to healthy food to our food insecure neighbors. We do that by working alongside school districts to distribute boxes of fresh, healthy, nutrient rich foods to students and their families.
Compassion: We care about our community and everyone in it, and are committed to helping those who struggle to access essential resources.
Ingenuity: We approach our work with creativity, flexible thinking, and innovation.
Balance: We strive to bring balance to our work, our lives, and our community
Accountability: We are accountable to each other, our partners, our supporters and the communities that we serve.
Responsiveness: We are both receptive to new ideas and perspectives, and prompt to react in an ever-changing environment.
Wesley (he/him) is the founder of Equation Collaborative, the 501(c)3 nonprofit that manages and operates +BOX, and one of the program's original creators. He has almost 20 years of experience working with school districts and public organizations on creative solutions to improve community outcomes.
Kayla (she/her) is originally from the east coast, but raised on the west coast. After discovering her passion for helping people, she completed her dual degree with focus in nonprofit organizations and childhood neurological development. She has experience in fundraising for student-centric causes, in addition to holding roles in risk management, retail management, and accounting.
Daniel (he/him) joined the +BOX team in the earliest days and brings a passion and energy that attracts others to this work. He has an extensive background in sales and customer service in the food service industry and leads the +BOX volunteer program.
Director of Strategic Partnerships
Greg (he/him) was raised in Texas but fell in love with California nearly 10 years ago, having spent the last 6 in San Diego. Much of his professional career has focused on youth development, and Greg joined the +BOX team in 2021 to strengthen and expand the services we provide to North County students.
Dani (she/her) was born and raised in North County and spent the last 12 years in Hawaii fighting for food justice, resource management and sustainable housing. She passionately advocates for social equity and environmental stewardship, and brings years of nonprofit management, program development and community outreach experience to the team.
The Vavrek Family
City of Encinitas
+BOX is administered by Equation Collaborative Corp., an Encinitas, CA based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that is governed by the board of directors and adopted bylaws. For more information on Equation Collaborative, please visit: www.equationcollaborative.org.