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Donations Needed to Feed Homeless Veterans

Local homeless shelters are looking for help from the community holiday season.

The Veterans Winter Shelter opened its doors Dec. 7, and the Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD) said they only have enough food to provide two meals a day.

An additional $35,000 is needed to pay for the third meal for the next four months. $10 pays for five meals, $100 pays for 50 meals, the VVSD said.

"In years past, VVSD was able to raise enough funds for the third meal, but times are tough and we find ourselves very short of funding," the VVSD said on their website.

Donate online or send a check made payable to Veterans Village of San Diego to 4141 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, 92110.

Toiletries also needed for homeless men and women veterans that include:

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body wash
  • combs and brushes
  • hair gel
  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • dental floss
  • deodorant
  • lip balm
  • disposable razors
  • shaving cream
  • feminine products
  • toiletry kits

You may bring items to Veterans Village of San Diego at 4141 Pacific Hwy.

This is the 15th year the Veterans Village of San Diego has operated the Veterans Winter Shelter.

From Dec. 17-31, the will host a shelter as part of the Interfaith Shelter Network. More than 100 different houses of worship are involved in the program across San Diego.

Jackets, blankets and food are always welcome, said Rev. Phyllis Ashe. Whatever isn't used for the shelter will go toward the church's regular efforts to feed the hungry through its Broken Loaf and Loaves and Fishes programs.

Broken Loaf is an emergency food donation program and Loaves and Fishes is a weekly free breakfast and shower.

Meals are already covered for the interfaith shelter but bottled water and canned drink donations are being sought.

In other ways to give this holiday season, the library is the single location in Imperial Beach for San Diego Food Bank's holiday canned food drive.

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