The SVDP Dining Room will allow us to engage persons experiencing hunger through a daily nutritional meal program. It will be unique in its structure of service. It will provide meals to the food-insecure, individuals and families in East County. The dining room will offer a well-balanced daily meal.
The program will include the following:
- A clean/safe environment for meals
- Access to visiting social service agencies
- A Work Experience Program
- Volunteer service fulfillment for schools or courts
- Collection of general service data
The establishment of a Dining Room for the food-insecure will also provide financial benefits to the community at large.
- Reduce police involvement
- Reduce emergency room visits by offering healthier food options
- Reduce current impact on the city budget
- Reduce local business losses
- Reduce the possibility of recurring diseases such as Hep A
The funding for the Dining Room is expected primarily to come from donations from churches, other non-profit agencies, food organizations, local, national and international corporations, and private individuals. Other sources include grants from local and international non-profit organizations and other projects which may develop from SVDP, such as a thrift store.
The anticipated launch of this dining room is November 2018 – Watch for more information at a later date.