February 25, 2024
A violinist performs for these gathered at a Serving Seniors Thanksgiving Day meal in downtown San Diego. Picture credit score: Courtesy, Serving Seniors

Volunteers labored throughout San Diego County Thursday to serve these in want or elevate cash to assist charities that present support.

A Thanksgiving meal was ready and introduced on the Serving Seniors Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Middle in downtown San Diego, the place 300 individuals loved a meal served by 30 volunteers and employees members.

“This can be a method to interact the neighborhood, volunteer a few of your time and serve these most in want …” stated Serving Seniors Chief Working Officer Melinda Forstey.

Serving Seniors is the only largest annual supplier of meals to San Diego County residents over age 55, each within the eating room and through pickup and supply – 1.4 million meals per yr.

One in three individuals experiencing homelessness in San Diego is over age 55.

Mewanwhile, native Meals on Wheels employees and volunteers gathered on the group’s El Cajon Drop Website in East County with almost 10 colourful classic vehicles, courtesy of the Pickups Restricted San Diego Chapter and South Bay Cruisers, accessible to ship meals.

Brent Wakefield, president and CEO of Meals on Wheels San Diego County delivered to an El Cajon couple who’ve been shoppers for 2 years. Along with delivering their Thanksgiving meals, he additionally introduced them a vacation present.

East County hungry homebound
Volunteers in El Cajon Thursday, getting ready to distribute vacation meals. Picture credit score: Courtesy, Meals on Wheels

1000’s of San Diegans additionally gathered for Father Joe’s Villages‘ twenty second annual Thanksgiving Day 5K to lift funds to supply meals to individuals who lack shelter.

“We’re all the time grateful to the 1000’s of locals who come collectively on Thanksgiving morning to assist deal with starvation head-on and supply meals to those that want them probably the most,” stated Deacon Jim Vargas, president and CEO of Father Joe’s.

Homelessness within the area elevated by at the very least 22% this yr, in keeping with the outcomes from the 2023 WeAllCount Level-in-Time Depend.

– Employees and wire reviews