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200 pairs of shoes distributed to San Diego’s needy by Jewish Family Service’s Hand Up Youth Food Pantry

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On Thursdays, Jewish Family Services’ Hand Up Youth Food Pantry distributes food at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Hillcrest. Clients only need to register while waiting in line to receive free goods such as bread, produce, rice and other items.

This past week, a large in-kind donation by Steve Gerendash enabled Hand Up to distribute more than 200 pairs of brand new shoes to the clients at the weekly food distribution. The footwear ranged from boots to high heels and everything in between.

With the help of volunteers, the Hand Up staff gave each client a choice of two different styles of shoe in their size and let them choose a pair. One client, after putting on his brand new pair of tennis shoes, could not control the urge to dance. The Hand Up Youth Food Pantry is grateful to have received this donation to be able to meet basic needs and restore a bit of dignity to needy San Diegans.

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.

Information on volunteering and donating to the pantry can be found here.

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