by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Spark Photography

Generosity Feeds San Diego

faces_brislain2Less than 10 years ago, Feeding America San Diego was started with just two employees. Without a warehouse or forklift, they distributed over three million pounds of food. “Today, Feeding America San Diego generates more than 20 million pounds of food annually for those facing hunger throughout San Diego,” explained Al Brislain, CEO of Feeding America San Diego. Al joined the team at Feeding America San Diego in 2015, bringing with him 35 years of experience in hunger-relief organizations.

Feeding America San Diego is the leading hunger-relief organization in San Diego. “We work to distribute healthy food with dignity to San Diego residents struggling with hunger,” Al stated. As the end of the school year approaches, this mission becomes even more critical. “One in five children in San Diego are food insecure, but during the summer months, thousands of children lose access to critical breakfast and lunch programs.”

faces_brislain4To meet these needs, Feeding America San Diego relies on the support of volunteers. “Last year alone, more than 13,000 volunteers made it possible for us to serve 480,000 San Diegans in need,” Al acknowledged. “It’s a truly incredible thing to be a part of so much generosity.” The organization will be hosting a special volunteer open house on June 11. “We invite the community to get involved by donating or volunteering,” he shared. “Every dollar given provides four meals through our highly organized distribution model.”

A resident of Sabre Springs, Al recently relocated from Florida to join the team at Feeding America San Diego. But as a California native and graduate of UC Davis, his move felt more like coming home. “I love the mountainous terrain and, of course, the proximity to the Pacific,” Al shared. “We’ve had a great time discovering San Diego, especially Balboa Park and the dog beaches.” Al also enjoys playing softball, reading, walking with his wife, and playing with their five grandchildren.

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The vision of Feeding America San Diego is a hunger-free and healthy San Diego. “My wish would be that no San Diegan would go to bed hungry, especially children and seniors,” Al explained. “When children don’t get enough food, it has an impact on everything they do. We need to make sure children and families have the food they need to be healthy and succeed.”


Name: Al Brislain
Community: Sabre Springs
Profession: CEO of Feeding America San Diego
Family: Married for almost 20 years, with four children and five grandchildren
Hobbies: Softball, walks, reading, playing with grandchildren

Name of Group: Feeding America San Diego
Group’s Purpose: End hunger through healthy food, education, and advocacy
Group’s Website: www.feedingamericasd.org

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