American Relief Organization dba Got Your Back San Diego

Fighting Childhood Hunger In Our Own Backyard!

aka Got Your Back San Diego - Feeding Kids First   |   Oceanside, CA   |  https://www.gotyourbacksandiego.org/

Mission

Since 2010, Got Your Back San Diego is a weekend food assistance program for school children whose primary food source is cafeteria food Monday through Friday, but often have to endure weekends with little to nothing to eat. Working through local schools, the Got Your Back Project provides kids with enough food for an entire weekend. Every Friday, GYB kids leave school with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and a few healthy snacks in a backpack. The Got Your Back San Diego Project is having a significant impact in the lives of those children fortunate enough to participate in it, but we have only begun to scratch the surface of the needs in our communities. Our mission is to fight against childhood food insecurity until every child in our local schools has a reliable food source.

Ruling year info

2008

General Manager

Bill McLeod

Co-Founder/Special Programs Manager

Sue McLeod

Main address

3820 Oceanic Drive Suite 313

Oceanside, CA 92056 USA

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EIN

20-8220093

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Meals on Wheels (K36)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Our programs

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Got Your Back San Diego

Since 2010, Got Your Back San Diego is a weekend food assistance program for school children whose primary food source is cafeteria food Monday through Friday, but often have to endure weekends with little to nothing to eat.

Working through local schools, the Got Your Back Project provides kids with enough food for an entire weekend. Every Friday, GYB kids leave school with 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and a few healthy snacks in a backpack. The Got Your Back San Diego Project is having a significant impact in the lives of those children fortunate enough to participate in it, but we have only begun to scratch the surface of the needs in our communities.

Our mission is to fight against childhood food insecurity until every child in our local schools has a reliable food source.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Proclamation in honor of GOT YOUR BACK SAN DIEGO. AUGUST 6th, 2014 is GOT YOUR BACK SAN DIEGO DAY! 2014

City Of Oceanside- Mayor Jim Wood

Certificate of Recognition 2014

California State Assembly - Assemblyman Rocky Chavez

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 2014

Congressman Darrel Issa

Finalist for Non-Profit of the Year 2015

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce

Finalist for Non-Profit of the Year 2014

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce

Affiliations & memberships

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce 2013

Feeding America - Affiliate 2012

Oceanside Chamber of Commerce 2014

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The goals of American Relief Organization is to expand the Got Your Back weekend nutrition program to all of San Diego County homeless and food insecure children that are enrolled in the public school system. Eventually the goal is to move the program to other counties in California, and then across the United States.

Fundraising and food drives bring in the resources to fill the backpacks with 6 meals and 2 snacks for every child to last the weekend. We fill the backpacks for 48 weekends a year. When we have enough funding for food to feed all current children for the school year, we can then take on more children.

Currently we serve 250 children in 11 North County schools including Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Carlsbad. We have the warehouse space to serve at least 300, and we are looking for future space with more room to serve 600 children.
Every Tuesday morning warehouse volunteer Mike H, comes to our North county warehouse to weigh food donations as per IRS reporting requirements, file required paperwork, and conduct an inventory of food on the shelves. The food is delivered to the students in backpacks; hence the name, "Got Your Back ." Mike lays out which specific food items will be put into the backpacks for the week.
On Tuesday evenings another warehouse volunteer Ed G., comes to prepare for and host a group of volunteers who will pack all 250 backpacks with the designated food items for that week. Every backpack contains 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and a number of nutritious snacks to feed 1 to 2 children every Saturday and Sunday. After the backpacks are filled, they are placed on portable racks and assigned to participating schools for delivery. Ed documents the names of all volunteers and the time they spent working as per IRS reporting requirements. On Thursday mornings a self managed group of volunteer drivers report to the warehouse to pick up the backpacks and deliver them to the assigned schools. The drivers also pick up the empty backpacks from the week before at each school, document how many backpacks they dropped off and how many were returned. Discrepancies and resolutions are addressed with our administrator and the school liaisons.
On Friday at the end of the school day, the children enrolled in the GYB program go to a classroom designated by the school, where they are met by the school liaison and given their backpacks. Prior to the that the Liaison inserts a homework assignment sent to them by our administrator this teaches the children about nutrition and healthy eating habits that will last throughout their lifetime. The students place their completed homework assignments in their empty backpacks and return to the school the following Monday. Empty backpacks are inspected and placed on racks in the warehouse, the cycle is then repeated. The entire process has worked seamlessly for over 4 years.

Our partnership with the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce, the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and with Tri-City Medical Center opens many doors for us. We are currently applying for several grants.

Financials

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American Relief Organization dba Got Your Back San Diego

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bill McLeod

AMI Environmental Testing

Term: 2011 -


Board co-chair

Bill Mugford

Grace Anglican Church

Term: 2018 -

Bill McLeod

AMI Environmental Testing

Sue McLeod

American Relief Organization

Mark LeDoux

Natural Alternatives

Joel Incorvaia

Incorlaw

Bill Mugford

Grace Anglican Church

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable