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American Relief Organization - Got Your Back San Diego

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Congregate Meals, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Nutrition, Soup Kitchens

Mission: Food to homeless children on weekends

Target demographics: Fight against childhood hunger

Direct beneficiaries per year: 204 students eat nutritious meals every Saturday and Sunday through the entire school year. Our immediate goal is to double that number. Our long term goal is to make the program available to all of the 16,000 homeless children in all of the San Diego districts.

Geographic areas served: San Diego County Schools

Programs: Got Your Back San Diego, a weekend food assistance program for children in San Diego public schools who have been identified as homeless or food insecure (not knowing where their next meal will come from).

Community Stories

61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve seen firsthand how this small organization achieves big results in the lives of young students and their families. Very deserving of recognition and support.

1 Colleen M.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great outreach for North County schools. Students who have needs get them met through GYB.
I’ve volunteered and it was a blessing to do do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is such a worth while cause! I would recommend everyone get involved. They are changing lives and making a difference...

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Donor

Rating: 5

I never realized there were so many children in the San Diego area, that were going hungry until I investigated Got Your Back. This is one of the beat non-profits around. We have supported them for at least 5 years and possibly more. The staff is so focused on their goal and give give give of their time and resources. I love this charity and hope you will catch the vision too.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderful program feeding hungry kids right here in San Diego. Proud to be monthly donors and "sometimes" volunteers. Happy to support their worthy endeavors!
Claudia & Aubrey Kuepper

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful group helping kids right here in North County, San Diego. This is a great program to engage kids who want to help other kids. Our family enjoys helping with food drives, stocking shelves, delivering food to the warehouse, etc. So appreciate the work this group does, and being able to teach our daughter how to help others.

Advisor

Rating: 5

As founder of GYB i have to say as much as I love filling the weekend gap of meals for our many local food- insecure kids, I REALLY love watching the community be involved at every level and especially children! They totally get little seeds of charity growing in their hearts. This is a 5th grade class in Carlsbad that made this sign which looks like a check. The money was earned by the bird houses they built and sold and they decided to help us feed kids. How can you not love that? What we do is way beyond pack backpacks of food for kids. And who knows what any of these kids will grow up and become! GYBSD is our privilege and blessing! We couldn’t do this another day without the care and support and generosity of our volunteers and donors! ❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Got Your Back provides school-aged children who are food unstable with enough meals to last through the weekend. Their passion for serving in North County is appreciated and they are always discrete and use good judgment when enrolling a family in their program and providing them with what they need. I encourage everyone to support Got Your Back.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We’ve Got Your Back has helped local school kids achieve their daily needs. We have witnessed this program work with local food banks and others to provide support to children and families. As our world changes, both time and resources are essential in making a lasting impact in communities. We supported kids at orphanage for 14 years and know how important it is for children to know they are loved and taken care of. This builds trust and confidence, they need to know someone has their back!

1 Mary B.15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

North Coast Church in Vista has partnered with Got Your Back for many years now. We send our volunteers out to stuff backpacks full of food on Tuesday nights so they can be ready for the kids to take home on Fridays. Our groups absolutely love participating in this project! Got Your Back works hard to feed so many kids in North County and there are always more children in need. If anyone has the finances to contribute to the purchase of a pallet of food or conduct a large food drive, both of these would help them tremendously. Sue and Bill who run the organization have such a big heart for feeding the underserved children in our area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got Your Back San Diego is doing such great work to help feed the hungry kids of North County! Each week they send home a backpack of food to hungry children to assist the family in feeding them when they are not at School.
At the helm of this organization is a wonderful, compassionate, kind, caring and generous couple who give selflessly of their time and energy. They truly care about the welfare and well being of all the kids they serve.
They include the community in so many ways. And all of us volunteers feel loved and appreciated. GYBSD and Bill and Sue McLeod are a true blessing to all the kids and families they serve, the community as a whole and all of us privileged to serve along side them.
I highly encourage anyone looking to be a part of something truly special, to find your place in this organization. Whether it be holding a food drive, giving a donation, packing up the backpacks, unloading and or sorting all the food for the week. You can even organize your troop or group to come in for a couple of hours to volunteer. There is something for everyone.

1 Ryan K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Their heart for kids to know their value as boys and girls that matter is core to their mission of making sure no one goes hungry. Their generosity and service to our community are one of the best!

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Donor

Rating: 5

We would highly recommend GYB San Diego charity. Their amazing team has given back to San Diego in such an amazing way, caring for children all across the county who would normally be overlooked. We have been involved with GYB for the past several years and have seen them touch so many lives firsthand.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Got Your Back San Diego for 6 1/2 years. I was looking for a volunteer opportunity as a way to give back a little to the community. I met founders Bill and Sue McLeod and knew I found the right place. I love helping out here because of the positive environment, variety of jobs, a need that is being addressed, and working with other great volunteers. I enjoy my time helping out each week in the warehouse and also occasionally working as a delivery driver. All the other volunteers are outstanding people. Fun spot to do something nice for people (kids) who need it. - Mike

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Donor

Rating: 5

Got Your Back San Diego is the non profit we support and believe in!! My husband Brian Fletcher and I Lisa Fletcher strongly support all that GYBSD does for hungry kids in North County San Diego! Also our in laws Kim and Marilyn Fletcher of Del Mar Ca love donating to GYBSD... They’re unique idea of providing food for hungry kids in school through the use of backpacks supplied with enough food for there whole family on weekends is such a great concept!! And it works!! So many people are unaware of the number of kids that go to school hungry and are homeless☹️And the only meals they receive throughout the week are the meals they get at school. On the weekends they probably do not eat at all... so they’re grades and learning abilities suffer tremendously because all they can think about is there next meal so sad..so Got Your Back to the rescue!! More schools need this program!! School kids on this program will tell you how thankful they are for the food that GYBSD provides for them and there families!! Hunger in kids should not be in our country!! But we are truly thankful for the commitment of Bill and Sue McLeod in there efforts through GYBSD to end hunger of kids in North County San Diego! May this continue to grow in other counties as well!!

1 Lisa Hammitt S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit makes a world of difference in our community. Children who would normally go hungry on the weekends get food. They are serving the imitate community of food deprived children, a problem most people do not even realize exists. We need more non profits like this one in every community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

amazing organization. Feeding hungry children can't be beat! I love their passion and cause!

1 Christine C.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

No kid shall go hungry! That’s our mantra and this drives our sweet founder to always find a way providing to our north county kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got Your Back San Diego has a great system for providing children in San Diego food totake home so they have meals over the weekend. This gives them a good start on Monday morning when otherwise they would be tired and unfocused for school after not having enough to eat over the weekend. Our organization focuses on pediatric medical care. We participated in collecting shelf food and milk to help restock the warehouse supplies at American Relief Organization - Got Your Back San Diego. Our staff employees and top management also participated in packing backpacks to be distributed to school children throughout the county. Our organization decided that Got You Back was also deserving of a check donation to help with their cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is such a great way to reach and care for kids that might otherwise fall though the cracks.
The founder, Sue McLeod recognized that children were coming to school hungry and decided to do something about it. Kids are able to get a free lunch at school during the week. But week ends often mean they come to school with hungry bellies on Monday. The Got Your Back organization sends these children home with their own back pack filled with healthy non-perishable foods for the week end. Is!n't that a great idea!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization does amazing work at the local level to help feed children and stabilize the lives of entire families in the So CA area. They are an inspiration to everyone that knows them and the work they do. I have known the founders for over 25 years and have seen the fruit of their lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization. Helps so many children in need. Bonsall Elementary children and families thank you for all you do

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Donor

Rating: 5

Committed, caring and effective. Taking care of food insecure children.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Serving San Diego students one meal at a time. Thank you for the way you care!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing program and has helped so many children.

1 Meloney S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped stuff backpacks for got your back. You don't realize how many kids are going hungry until you put simple basic food in a bag knowing it will make its way to a child's belly. The organizers put inspirational notes or pictures to brighten up the kids days. This is an incredible organization.

Kristin C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got Tour Back San Diego is an amazing non-profit that sends backpacks full of food home with school children at risk of going hungry over weekends and holidays. I have volunteered helping to fill the backpacks with food and was very impressed with everyone associated with this non-profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got Your Back has helped feed and care for kids in my school district. My son and I have packed backpacks with them. They’re such great people doing great things. Hearts of gold!!

Lisa G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Got Your Back is a wonderful organization dedicated to serving our most nutrition-vulnerable local kids. They do so much in a shoestring... fantastic group of folks!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the founder of Got Your Back San Diego, the biggest blessing I receive is the blessing of helping others who are less fortunate. This is especially true with children. Right at the top of the list too is working with other like-minded people who help by sharing their time and treasure. Without them, this organization simply would not exist. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Bill McLeod

Shelley C.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Compassion personified. Having worked as a Human Service professional as well as Realtor, I see needs everywhere and look for the best resources to partner with. Got Your Back San Diego does an incredible job with passion, love, and commitment to these children!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Got Your Back San Diego for many years now. The work they do in the community is invaluable. I know first hand what a difference it makes to the children, their families and everyone in the schools. Hearing the thank you from these kids melts my heart.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of this organization for many years. The work never ends and the smiles on the kids faces never stop. Good job everyone on the team!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Got your back does exactly what they say. They feed children who otherwise would likely go without meals over the weekend.
They have been a blessing to so many families in need. My family has received help in time of need and we really appreciate their caring hearts that go above and beyond to make sure kids are fed!

Jessica H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation not only represents LOVE AND COMPASSION for our community and their families but they have such a Godly heart to help children that do Not have a voice.

They help schools be better assistance to those more needy families and feeding thier children on the weekends.
I have personally and professionally known the founders of this wonderful foundation. I have seen the passion first hand. Their pure service as servants to others.

MY children recieved christmas gifts from this foundation, which to some doesn't mean much but to those families that just had a rough year being able to have that extra of anything was such a blessing. My family has received food to make it through those rough months. That help from Got Your Back San Diego was such a relief to know we are not alone and with even how proudful I am and hardworking for my family. I can look to a foundation like this Got Your Back SD and be proud to be apart of it.
I have seen what they do in the community for outreach. We see them in our church sevices and schools . To see how honest and great the community CAN'T deny what this foundation is doing!
Amazing work for feeding the hungry is just the start of all the wonderful they bring in those back packs. They show support and understanding!
I have personally seen it and experienced the positive impact this foundatio has to the community in San Diego!
San Diego Got Your Back helps feed kids give them the best opportunity to really excel and even help those families in need too.

Changing lives for the better is what I see and know Got Your Back San Diego is doing!

Donor

Rating: 5

I visited the Got You're Back facility and saw first hand how the beautiful people behind this project put love and thought into each backpack they provide. They go the extra mile, often at their own expense. This is an organization that gives everything donated to them back into the hands of the children and families they provide for. I would give to them in a heartbeat!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jesus said forbid not the children to come unto me.jJesus also said he who is the greatest among you will be servant of all. To become great we must stoop down. Looking in the eyes of the hungry is what Jesus does.G.U.B. is nobly following the very heart of God in feeding the least of these.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been supporters of "Got Your Back" since they first became a Non-Profit Organization. We are so impressed by the love, care and support that they give to the local children that attend the schools in North County San Diego. Bill and Sue McLeod and all of the volunteers in whatever capacity devote their time and talents working non-stop to insure that the children receive the nutrition that their little minds and bodies need to thrive. Not only on the weekend when the children take their back packs home. Another cool part ~ they learn about nutrition in a fun way through the educational handout that the children to do each week. That is something that will affect them the rest of their lives while building up their self esteem! It is awesome to see the "Thank You" cards and art work the kids create. That is gratitude from the hearts of these little lives. That truly makes a difference! My husband and I are so blessed that the Lord has given us the opportunity to give! Sincerely ~ Jeff & Tina