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New Second Harvest Food Bank for San Diego Responds to Fire Disaster

28th October, 2007

Second Harvest Food Bank for San Diego is serving those impacted by the area fire disaster with food and other essential supplies. The new organization -- with only 2 employees -- has distributed over 400-thousand pounds of emergency food and supplies. Items made available include water, ready to eat food, easily prepared food, personal care items and batteries. The first three truckloads of material were delivered for distribution to victims within the first hours of the emergency.

"Although we are just getting organized to serve the community, this situation called for immediate action and we responded promptly," said Gary McDonald, President/CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank for San Diego. "We have the support of the nation's largest anti-hunger organization in America's Second Harvest, and through the network of agencies that represents, we are able to give timely help to those affected by the fire."

SHFBFSD makes distribution of these materials through other area nonprofits, such as Father Joe's Villages, Catholic Charities and San Diego Rescue Mission.

Second Harvest Food Bank for San Diego is now focusing efforts on more long term needs and will be coordinating with food banks across the country to bring emergency food boxes to families who have lost their homes.

If members of the public would like to help, Food Bank officials recommend making financial donations. "What is most needed right now is financial support," said McDonald.

The Second Harvest Food for Bank San Diego is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization. Through a network of charitable agency sites located throughout San Diego County, the food bank supplies food and other essential items for those in need. The Second Harvest Food Bank for San Diego is affiliated with America's Second Harvest, the Nation's Food Bank Network.

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