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1 month ago · by · Comments Off on San Diego Collaboration Hits Milestone With Unique Program

San Diego Collaboration Hits Milestone With Unique Program

Three major organizations in San Diego have joined forces with a unique program to end homelessness. The Salvation Army, Feeding San Diego and the Lucky Duck Foundation are collaborating on a program that gives Salvation Army clients job opportunities as Food Rescue Drivers. The trio of organizations in San Diego, California, have created a model that could be replicated across the country.

With funding from the Lucky Duck Foundation, The Salvation Army hires residents of its homeless shelter and trains them to be food rescue route drivers, who then operate routes for Feeding San Diego to pick up food before it ends up in landfills. The drivers are trained and then given routes for weekly food pick ups from grocery stores, like Costco and Vons, from Starbucks, and Amazon warehouses, among other businesses.

It’s then distributed to those in need—often to the residents back at The Salvation Army shelter.
The partnership announced a milestone they hit in June. The program, which started 2 years ago, has saved more than half a million pounds of food so far and every one of The Salvation Army residents who has participated in the program has secured full-time employment and are still housed.

Lucky Duck Foundation funds the operation and pays the drivers’ wages. Executive Director of Lucky Duck Foundation, Drew Moser said “It’s a chance for folks who are suffering from homelessness to get a real job that’s sort of a stepping-stone. It’s an opportunity to get practical skills and relevant work experience and go onwards and upwards from there.”

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