Food Security Outcomes
1. List the existing projects, partnerships and/or resources from among the campus/community for this area of focus that were identified before your Town Hall meeting.
OCSL at CSUSM community partners in food security are Ecumenical Migrant Outreach, Mama's Kitchen, and Meals on Wheels.
- North County Food Bank
- Feeding America
- San Diego Food Bank
- FEMA Federal NP
- EFSP group NP
- Brother Bennos
3. List the projects, partnerships and/or resources that were developed as a result of your Town Hall meeting.
See next steps (Question number 6).
4. What did the Town Hall reveal as your greatest asset (or two) in this area?
- It is easy for the donor base to provide food. Even though the agencies are having trouble keeping up with the demand, there is food coming into the programs.
- Everyone needs food, and the food programs allow these agencies to provide these recipients with a list of other programs that they most likely need and qualify for, for example housing.
5. What did the Town Hall reveal as your greatest challenge (or two) in this area?
- Demand has doubled or tripled but there are fewer resources available due to budget cuts. This results in the staff being overworked and leaves the agencies unable to meet the needs of the public.
- Dissemination of information. Many people do not know about the resources that are available in North County or that they can sign up for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program).
6. What next steps were identified as a result of the Town Hall meeting?
- 2nd Interfaith Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, January 20, 2010 to continue the discussions that were started at the Jan. 13, 2010 Town Hall meeting.
- Arousing more passion in the professors about service learning and the benefits of service to students -
- Creating a program where CSUSM students spend more hours in the organization so that they are more of an asset to the agency.
- Partner with CSUSM to get Spanish students to provide bilingual support.
- Contact local utilities, specifically SDGE to target households with delinquent bills and encourage SDG&E to include a pamphlet listing local food and shelter services. – Food Security Collaboration
- Attend the ongoing quarterly meetings held in Oceanside. – Interfaith Community Services Shelter Network
- Call “Feed America” to work and network with more agencies in North County. – MAAC Project Head Start
Input from the Community
- Brother Bennos distributes 2-3,000 food boxes per month. Demand is dramatically up while donations are down.
- Catholic Charities Food Resources Center 917 E. Vista Way (760) 631-4792 M-F 9-12 & 1-4 Emergency food, government commodities, food stamps
- Basic need- not many resources in North County – Need a local food bank that is not just for emergencies.
- Encourage personal and legislative climate for community and individual household sustainability – Community Gardens, e.g.
- Food at Old Oceanside Swap Meet entrance at Foussat. Every Wednesday at 3:30, $25 for 1 week, 2 meals a day, 4 person family.