San Diego Continuing Education will hold the grand opening of its Farm to Family Fair Wednesday, a free food distribution event for SDCE students, Mountain View community members and other local San Diego residents.
The event is the school’s first in partnership with the San Diego Continuing Education Foundation, Feeding San Diego and Project New Village. SDCE plans to hold Farm to Family Fair food distribution events once per month going forward.
“Our main goal is to make sure our students succeed from start to finish,” said SDCE’s Dean of Student Equity Maureen Rubalcaba. “We serve students that are among the most diverse in California culturally, ethnically and educationally. SDCE’s Farm to Family Fair and SDCEats! will help address some of the barriers our students face which is housing and food insecurities.”
Data collected by the San Diego Hunger Coalition found that roughly 486,000 county residents dealt with food insecurity in 2016. SDCE officials hope that access to free food and fresh produce will help reduce the number of hungry county residents and, in turn, end the cycle of poverty.
“This is an exciting new opportunity to directly impact the communities of Southeast San Diego,” said SDCE President Carlos O. Turner Cortez. “A student’s academic success can be tied to the support available to them beyond the classroom.”
Turner Cortez, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, District Attorney Summer Stephan and City Council members David Alvarez and Georgette Gomez will give remarks to kick off the event at noon. Food distribution is expected to run from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at SDCE’s Educational Cultural Complex at 4343 Ocean View Blvd.
–City News Service