UDW and CAIPTC team up to help San Diego families in need

Volunteers preparing bags for a monthly Food for Families distribution

Volunteers help bag food for the monthly Food for Families food drive.

Last year, UDW and the California Independent Providers Training Center (CAIPTC) started Food for Families, a monthly food drive to provide food to UDW members and other residents of San Diego County.

“Food for Families is part of UDW’s commitment to community engagement,” said UDW Executive Director Doug Moore. “Helping homecare providers and local families is what our union is all about.”

The goal of Food for Families is to provide those in need with a bag of nutritious food for themselves and their loved ones. The bags include non-perishable items such as canned fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, and cereal. Through our food drive, UDW and CAIPTC help feed between 50-65 families each month. Food not distributed during the monthly drive is also provided to homecare providers who contact UDW for emergency assistance.

Food for Families adds to the services provided by CAIPTC, which include free trainings, classes, and workshops for homecare providers.

UDW Statewide President Editha Adams has been at all of the food distribution days. She answers questions, shares stories with families receiving food, and also assists with the distributions. “When the members walk in and get their food, they’re happy,” she said. “They may not have enough money to feed the whole family every single day, because they’re not making a living wage. Food assistance helps them put food on the table.”

President Adams has also been a great help in gathering donations. She recently donated over 26 packs of adult disposable briefs, a wheelchair and a walker. During April’s food distribution, UDW provider Christine Nguyen was gifted the wheelchair for her elderly client in need. The chair he was using was too heavy and difficult for Christine to put in her car, and it also caused her client pain. The new chair came right on time.

“Whenever we go somewhere, I can push him, and if he wants to walk, he can use it for support. It has made a big difference when we travel and go to events,” said Christine.

UDW member Maria Espinoza has been an IHSS homecare provider for seven years. She has three clients now, but there was a time last year when she had only one. It was then that she turned to Food for Families for help: “I had very few hours with my clients, so it was not enough income. I needed help with groceries.”

Maria has since volunteered at every food drive except one, because like most homecare providers she loves to help people. She says that she sees the value of Food for Families in the community, and is glad that her union continues to put people first.

“The union is giving out food to everyone in the community, because our union is for everybody,” Maria said.

The next distribution in San Diego is May 22nd. If you are in need of food, come to UDW office in San Diego at 4855 Seminole Drive.

You can also donate or volunteer! The items needed are:

  • Canned goods
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal
  • And other non-perishable items

Volunteers are needed one to two weeks before the food distribution to help pack the bags of food, and on the day of to help distribute the bags.

If you have any questions about Food for Families, please contact Teresa Diaz at 619-263-7254.


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