Feeding the Community

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) cadets, along with the help of fellow students, teachers, school administrators, and families, collected 5,747 pounds of canned goods for the San Diego Food Bank at the end of last year.

SRHS’s AFJROTC CA 935th program has been the top JROTC unit in the San Diego Unified School District for many years. Cadets in the program have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by being part of a drill or academic team, through individual competitions, or holding positions that require great leadership and responsibility. Cadets also have access to a positive educational experience, where their first priority is to graduate high school and pursue higher educational opportunities.

AFJROTC teaches other values such as work ethic, citizenship, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-respect, friendship, community service, and social responsibility. Their recent donation to the San Diego Food Bank was just one example of these important values in action. Cadets also learn drill and ceremonies as well as aviation/space technology in the program.

The San Diego Food Bank distributes food directly to families and individuals in need at 183 distribution sites throughout the county every month. The Food Bank also provides food to 350 nonprofits that operate feeding programs, such as soup kitchens, shelters, churches, schools, senior and disabled living facilities, and food pantries. Food donations come from a range of sources including locally-run food drives, the USDA, growers, retailers, and wholesalers. The food is then inspected, sorted, and boxed and bagged for distribution by volunteers. Learn more about the AFJROTC program at SRHS at www.ca-935th.com. For more information about the San Diego Food Bank visit www.sandiegofoodbank.org.