2021 Holiday Drive
We invite you to support our end of year Holiday Drive to raise $100,000, which includes a $50,000 match, to provide essential nutrition to as many food insecure students and their families as possible during the holiday season and through the second half of the 2021-22 school year.
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 families in San Diego County were food insecure. Now, one in three are facing food insecurity, and California is expected to experience the largest increase in the number of food insecure individuals in the country. Existing public and community support services often lack sufficient capacity to address these overwhelming needs. In fact, the San Diego Hunger Coalition estimates a monthly meal gap of almost eight million meals, after accounting for existing food assistance programs.
How We Help
+BOX fights food insecurity by working alongside school districts to add to school nutrition programs with boxes of nutrient rich foods for students and their families. +BOX increases the capacity of public and community support programs and maximizes impact by meeting children and their families where they are, which oftentimes means at school. Each +BOX includes enough food for four servings and is provided weekly by leveraging existing school meal distribution systems.
+BOX is laser focused on providing fresh, healthy, nutrient rich foods. While food banks and food pantries play a critical role in addressing food insecurity, families who typically rely on food banks and food pantries often lack adequate access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other essential nutrients. +BOX carefully curates every box to ensures that the families we support have consistent access to healthy food.
There are multiple barriers that prevent food insecure individuals from accessing food assistance programs, including lack of awareness, excessive administrative burdens, limiting eligibility requirements, and inability to physically access services. +BOX reduces those barriers by working alongside community partners to leverage existing systems that drive awareness, eligibility, and access.
+BOX fills a gap left vacant by existing school-based food assistance programs in North County San Diego by targeting school partners in six North County school districts that represent more than 50,000 students, of which 73% qualify for free or reduced price lunch and are typically underserved by existing food assistance programs.
2021 Impact Metrics
+BOX impact metrics through September 2021
Boxes Distributed to Food Insecure Familes
Servings of Healthy Food to Food Insecure Families
Pounds of Healthy Food to Food Insecure Families
“What Plus-Box has been contributing to our community has been
amazing. This is just what we needed and at the right time. The people
that organize and distribute the food are nothing short of incredible.
Always there with a smile and a kind word. We just love them.”
+BOX Family Member
Make a Donation
A donation to +BOX supports both our ongoing work to provide essential nutrition to as many food insecure students and families as possible and the capacity building needed to grow our impact in the community.
Every dollar donated to our 2021 Holiday Drive will be matched by our foundation sponsor, doubling the impact of your donation and our ability to distribute fresh, healthy, nutrient rich food every week.
Contact us today to learn more and plan your donation.