by Photo courtesy of the United Way of San Diego County

The United Way of San Diego is hosting its second annual Holiday Crockpot Drive through Nov. 14 to provide local families and their children warm meals during the holiday season.

The nonprofit is collecting funds through Nov. 14 to purchase new crockpots that will be distributed to families in need in time for Thanksgiving Day.

“The holiday season is here, and for many families, it is a time to bring the family together around a dinner table full of food. However, many families in our community can’t afford this experience,” says Nancy L. Sasaki, President, and CEO, of United Way of San Diego County. “The price of gas and groceries continue to increase due to inflation, and putting food on the table requires much planning and budgeting. We’re excited to support families in need, and gifting a cooking tool like a crockpot will help parents and guardians have dinner ready when they come home from work, giving them more time to spend with their children and peace of mind.”

According to the San Diego Hunger Coalition, 1 in 4 San Diegans are nutrition insecure and cannot provide three nutritious meals for themselves or their family per day. The SDHC also found that approximately 35% of San Diego’s children are food insecure. The organization also found that 28% of the total San Diego population is food insecure. 

The United Way of San Diego said a crockpot can benefit families experiencing food and nutrition insecurity by providing a warm meal in transitioning housing situations, lowering the cost per meal per family, and making meal preparation quick and easy, among other reasons. 

A donation of $50 can help provide a San Diego family with a crockpot and some pantry staples to help make a holiday meal. Community members interested in donating a new unused crockpot may visit the United Way of San Diego County’s front desk at 4699 Murphy Canyon Rd. between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8.

For more information about the Holiday Crockpot Drive, visit . 

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