Forklifts scurry through Feeding America San Diego’s Sorrento Valley warehouse, shifting crates of donated food around like Tetris blocks. Volunteers break down towering boxes of cereal. Others hunt for moldy oranges to toss in the garbage.
And then, there’s the compost.
It’s what Jennifer Gilmore, the hunger relief organization’s executive director, jokingly calls a dumpster full of junk food. Rejected Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups sit neglected on top of the garbage heap. Volunteers empty sodas and store the cans and bottles for recycling.
Feeding America supplies 23 million pounds of food each year to 160 churches and nonprofits that distribute it to hungry San Diegans. It took a stand against sugar-sweetened beverages and candy donations four years ago. And next year, it plans to go further. It wants 100 percent of what goes out to families in need to be healthy.