We encourage donors to get involved in addressing community needs by donating to the Community Impact Fund. This fund is an endowment established by visionary, generous donors throughout the RSF Foundation’s history. These donors have seen the potential for greater impact from multiple donors giving together through Community Impact Grants than most individual donors could have on their own.
In order to fulfill this vision and increase the effectiveness of collective giving at the RSF Foundation in the present and the future, we welcome new donors to contribute to the Community Impact Fund at any time. You may donate here or contact us for more information.
The Community Impact Fund currently supports NORTH COUNTY SENIOR CONNECTIONS
The RSF Foundation has a vision for the future: healthy aging and increased food security for vulnerable seniors in North County San Diego. We are putting that vision into action by funding North County Senior Connections (NCSC). This program recognizes that healthy aging for vulnerable seniors depends upon access to nutritious meals and socialization.
Our multi-year grant funds a collaborative healthy aging program for seniors that even a hipster can love — a food truck. With the Thyme Together food truck, NCSC effectively provides a mobile senior center. Since North County covers a large area geographically and public transportation is inadequate, NCSC takes the senior center to the seniors. This program offers deeply discounted lunches to seniors followed by activities that inform, entertain and provide socialization for them.
The NCSC program, launched in November 2014, currently serves the Vista, San Marcos and Oceanside communities. The food truck serves freshly prepared lunches to seniors at four mobile home parks and one faith center, Monday through Friday each week (except holidays). Seniors make their selection from a full menu of nutritious options, and they pay $2.00 for the meal. Calfresh, a supplemental nutrition assistance program, is accepted for payment, and help for seniors to enroll in Calfresh is offered onsite. See the complete schedule and locations and menu for the program.
Several nonprofit organizations collaborate with their unique approaches to addressing community needs to provide North County Senior Connections:
Dreams for Change purchased the food truck and handles the nutrition research, menu options, and food preparation.
Interfaith Community Services (ICS) provides staff for on-site lunch and activities coordination, as well as access to additional support services needed by the seniors. They have offices in Oceanside and Escondido that offer many other community impacting services.
The Rancho Santa Fe Foundation provides a multi-year grant to fund the food truck, staff and subsidies for these senior meals. Collaborative support from other foundations, businesses and individuals will provide the remaining funding for the program over three years.
ProduceGood recruits, trains, schedules and manages the volunteer corps – an essential component of NCSC. ProduceGood shares our vision of providing food security for San Diegans, especially our senior citizens in the San Diego North County. This organization knows the value of volunteers through its core program of harvesting the unwanted yield of backyard produce that may otherwise go to waste.
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank partners with Dreams for Change through its Food to Nonprofits program. As a result, Dreams for Change has access to thousands of pounds of fresh produce to support the senior meals program at no cost.
One-Year Program Update
Over a one year period from November 2014 to November 2015, the NCSC program provided over 7,000 meals to more than 1,000 unduplicated vulnerable seniors in North County San Diego.
Read the One-Year Update.