The pilot program
In 2014 the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank launched a program that modernizes and streamlines the collection of data from recipients, eliminating registration redundancies and drastically reducing wait times. Clients are issued a simple, personalized food ID card that they can use at multiple San Diego Food Bank sites without having to provide basic household information or complete duplicate paperwork.
Food Bank provides food to 370K San Diegans every month. Last year the Food Bank distributed 28M pounds of food, 34% of which was fresh produce.
UnitedHealthcare awarded the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank a $375,000 grant to help them expand their database pilot program. Currently used with much success at 82 Food Bank sites, the grant will allow the Food Bank to add an additional 50 sites and support the delivery of more than 10 million pounds of food while improving client experience across multiple bank locations and connect people to vital social services.