“Hearts and Hands Working Together” is a non-profit, 501 (c), (3) agency whose primary mission is “to provide food, shoes and clothing to the ‘undeserved’ and ‘at risk’ individuals/families, in the San Ysidro Community, and, refer them to other resources that will lessen the threat for them.” The agency’s mission is based on the principle of when people “work together” with their “hearts and hands” their mission and goals can be realized and a lot more will be accomplished! Our Tax ID # is 91-1979153.
This “grass roots” agency was founded in 1996 by Alicia Jimenez and Raquel Moran with a small group of very concerned community members who actively participated in their School/District PTA organizations. They noted that the resources for food and clothing were very limited for many families, in their immediate school community. With no funding sources, they worked with their “hearts and hands” and assisted few families with food and some clothing, using their own, limited, personal resources.
Today, with an active, strong, “all volunteer” staff/board officers and members (no paid staff to administer our agency ) “Hearts and Hands” continues to provide their services to their community families/ individuals with food and clothing. With more than 75 volunteers, our agency, presently, serves 500+ families the first Tuesdays of each Month at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parking Lot, from 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM. Monthly neighborhood Food/Clothing distribution where canned and dry goods, bread/baked goods, baby diapers and donated clothing are distributed to the families. In addition, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank generously donates fresh fruits and vegetables, at each of our monthly neighborhood distribution.
In 2014 “Hearts and Hands Working Together” started a new Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) distribution at the Cesar Chavez/Larsen Field Park, every third Friday of the Month from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Where canned goods provided by the SDFB are distributed to 700+ low income families. Due to the covid-19 pandemic, we have moved the EFAP distribution to Las Americas Premium Outlet at 4061 camino de la plaza, Tommy Hilfiger parking lot. This is a drive thru event and only 2 families per vehicle.
“Hearts and Hands Working Together” is also designated as a super pantry Emergency Food Assistance Program Distributor for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and distributes food to about 800+ families once, each month and responds to the emergency needs, Mon – Fri., from 3:00 – 5:30 P.M.
Through the assistance and the support of the businesses, the San Ysidro Business Improvement, the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, the City of San Diego and the generosity of individual donors, “Hearts and Hands Working Together” has been able to keep up with the number of families served. With the pandemic, the needs have increased tremendously, due to the status of our economy. Special “kudos” to Sempra/SDG&E for their very generous donations that supplement the purchase of our food and services.
It is difficult to note the “needs” and not be able to fulfill all of them; however, “Hearts and Hands Working Together” is optimistic that with everyone “working together,” their mission can and will continue to be accomplished.
We encourage everyone to become involved in our mission, “to provide food, shoes and clothing to the ‘undeserved’ and ‘at risk’ individuals/families and refer them to other resources that will lessen the threat for them”