Jewish Family Service of San Diego picks up nearly 1,500 pounds of donated Smart Chicken at Jimbo’s...Naturally in Escondido. Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of San Diego picks up nearly 1,500 pounds of donated Smart Chicken at Jimbo’s...Naturally in Escondido. Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of San Diego received more than 1,490 pounds of fresh chicken from Jimbo’s…Naturally! and Smart Chicken to share with food insecure families, older adults and military personnel in San Diego County.

JFS partnered with Smart Chicken and Jimbo’s, a natural grocer, for a holiday giving challenge — the “Smart Giving, Smart Chicken Program,” focused on providing nourishing meals to San Diegans in need. In the spirit of the holidays, Smart Chicken — a U.S. purveyor of high-quality chicken — pledged to donate one pound of chicken for every 10 pounds of chicken sold at Jimbo’s locations in November 2018 to JFS. Jimbo’s customers purchased 14,930 pounds of chicken during the challenge.

JFS CEO Michael Hopkins said: “With more than 460,000 people struggling with hunger in San Diego County, this donation plays a vital role in reducing the uncertainty many face when finding their next meal. This donation will help supplement over 5,500 nutritional meals for San Diegans accessing our Hand Up Food Pantry and Corner Market.”

This is the 16th consecutive years Jimbo’s and Smart Chicken have partnered to help feed those in need during the holidays.