The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank awarded the Jag Kitchen Food Pantry the “Outstanding New Nonprofit Partner” award for its efforts to fight hunger at Southwestern College and the shared mission of providing meals to people in need. The Jag Kitchen was recognized at the 2017 San Diego County Hunger Conference on Wednesday, Sept. 6.
“We are honored that the San Diego Food Bank is recognizing our efforts to meet our students most basic needs,” said Jag Kitchen founder and director Patie Bartow. “Partnerships and donations from the community and organizations, like the San Diego Food Bank, have allowed us to feed more than 300 students a week. We are so grateful to those who help us make sure no student ever has to go hungry at Southwestern College.”
The Jag Kitchen Food Pantry celebrates its one-year anniversary this September and will host a special breakfast on Sept. 20 with meals made my Southwestern College culinary art students. On Nov. 13-17, the Jag Kitchen will host Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week at the Southwestern College Chula Vista campus and will feature campuswide food and clothing drives, CalFresh sign-ups, a Thanksgiving dinner for students and a countywide forum for colleges and universities.
“Addressing student hunger and homelessness is a priority for all of Southwestern College,” said Superintendent/President Dr. Kindred Murillo. “We applaud the Jag Kitchen committee for being at the forefront of the district’s efforts to help our students.”