Five children under the age of 8 raised more than $620 for the Jewish Family Services Hand Up Youth Food Pantry.
The parents of Isabelle, Rachel, Blanche, Abigail, and Hannah had originally taken the children to the JFS food pantry to experience volunteerism. After a day of sorting cans, boxes, and bags to assemble food packages for more than 400 families at the pantry, the children came up with an idea to sell baked goods to raise funds for the program, with a goal of $100 for the summer. With the help of their mothers, they used social media and email to advertise the sale. Their friends and families placed orders for their favorite desserts (with ingredients donated by the children’s families), and made their checks out to the JFS Food Pantry. By the end of the summer, the children had raised a very impressive $623.
Hand Up will use these much-needed funds to purchase food that will be distributed at multiple locations around San Diego.
In the past year, Hand Up has provided 9,070 individuals with 33,177 food bags totaling more than 208,322 pounds of food to hungry San Diegans.