City Heights community groups provides food and educates families on census
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A San Diego non-profit group is distributing food and household supplies to families in City Heights. The group also had another goal – to encourage people to take part in the 2020 census.
The staff at UPAC’s neighborhood center greeted each car, loading up a big box of provisions called “care boxes,” filled with groceries, fresh produce, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and as an extra bonus, a hot meal to feed four people prepared by the cafe next door, another UPAC operation.
Because their children are spending so much more time at home, families received coloring books and board games for the kids.
But in addition to the food and toilet paper, there was something else; flyers and fact sheets about the 2020 census.
Around San Diego County, the response rate for the census is about 57 percent. But in next neighborhoods like City Heights, the self response rate drops to just 26 to 37 percent.
UPAC coordinator Bevelynn Bravo said many of the new immigrants who make their home in City Heights may not be familiar with the purpose of the Census and don’t understand it.
Dante Dauz is the director of community engagement at UPAC. Food and hand sanitizer may address a family’s immediate needs, but Dauz said participating in the census will ensure that other critical needs are met in the long term.
The census count helps to determine federal funding for a variety of programs and services.