Several first grade families from Del Mar Heights School recently helped fight hunger in San Diego.
“I feel fortunate to live in this community and wanted to teach my daughter that not everyone has what we have,” said Rebecca Conner, mother of Del Mar Heights first grader Crystal Conner. “It is important to give back.”
Seven students volunteered at Feeding America San Diego Feb. 6, when the 6- and 7-year-olds sorted hundreds of pounds of food with their parents.
Conner coordinated the volunteer event for her daughter and her classmates after she and her 7-year-old visited and volunteered at Feeding America San Diego in the fall. The nonprofit organization is devoted to feeding the hungry, advocacy and education.
“In our first time going there, I felt like it was an age appropriate event for first graders,” said Conner, whose family lives in Carmel Valley. “I wanted to start introducing the concept of giving back to the community.”
Not long after the trip with her daughter, she started planning the trip for 20. The 90-minute session was so successful, the mother-daughter duo is returning to Feeding America San Diego in March with Del Mar Heights Daisy Troop 4501.
“I just want our kids to realize that we’re all not so fortunate,” Conner said. “Part of having what we have comes with responsibility in that we do need to find ways to give back to the community. We’re all in this together; we can only help ourselves by helping others.”
Founded in 2007, Feeding America San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in the county, distributing healthy food to people struggling with hunger. The organization fights hunger locally by working hand-in-hand with partner agencies, local school districts, corporate partners and a network of volunteers to serve 60,000 children, families and seniors in need each week.
“They just do a great job,” said Conner, who plans to volunteer with her daughter at Feeding America San Diego at least quarterly.
“So much of what they’re doing is volunteer-based,” she said. “There’s so much depth to what they’re doing, you just can’t help but get behind them.”
For more about Feeding America San Diego, visit feedingamericasd.org