New Study Shows How El Cajon Resource Website is Assisting Families Access Food Resources- Summer 2016
The El Cajon Resource Website has been a valuable tool for families looking for local resources that are convenient and affordable. Transportation is often a barrier so locating services close to home is very important. A recent evaluation of the El Cajon Resource Website has shown how it is being used and by whom. The number one search need was access to food. Many of our families are living on a limited budget, and funds to purchase food often run out before the end of the month. The study showed that most searches for food access occurred the week before payday for most individuals. The Food Resources page provides links to local food pantries, summer lunch programs, CalFresh application assistance and nutrition classes. This resource to food is proving to be useful, as 77% of the sessions are new users and 23% of users have continued to refer back to this specific page.
"Currently, 435,000 individuals in San Diego County are classified as food insecure, including more than 160,000 children. These are often hard working adults, children and seniors who cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, days or extended periods of time." --- Feeding America
PUBLIC HEALTH AWARDS 2016
EL CAJON COLLABORATIVE AND CASA ARE RECOGNIZED WITH AWARDS
HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND THE SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS RECOGNIZED LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WITH PUBLIC HEALTH CHAMPION AWARDS ON APRIL 8TH IN THE COUNTY SUPERVISORS BOARD ROOM. CONGRATULATIONS GO TO CASA FOR SAFE AND HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOODS, A LOCAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION THAT HAS BEEN SERVING SAN DIEGO COUNTY FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DANA STEVENS AND HER STAFF WERE RECOGNIZED AS THE EAST COUNTY ORGANIZATION AWARD. EL CAJON COLLABORATIVE WAS AWARDED THE DIRECTORS AWARD FOR THE COMMUNITIES OF EXCELLENCE PROJECT (CX3), SHARING THE AWARD WITH OTHER SAN DIEGO ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE HELPED BRING FORWARD IMPROVED ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND REDUCTION OF OBESITY. THIS HAS BEEN A MULTI-YEAR PROJECT THAT HAS SHOWN RESULTS THROUGH EDUCATION, POLICY CHANGE, ASSESSMENTS AND ADVOCACY.