It's All About The Kids: Fighting to Feed Kids and Their Families in San Diego

It's All About The Kids Foundation is here to serve!

March 2, 2020

On this episode of Living Better in San Diego, we talk to Angela Brannon-Baptiste, President of the Board for It's All About The Kids Foundation, a local non-profit dedicated to feeding children and their families in San Diego.

Living Better in San Diego with Angela Brannon-Baptiste
From left to right: Susan DeVincent, Angela Brannon-Baptiste, Evonne Ermey
The It's All About The Kids food pantry is based in Barrio Logan where they distribute thousands of pounds of food to families in need each week.

After working for the USDA and the Wic programs, Brannon-Baptiste founded the All About The Kids Foundation with Shawn Heyl in 2004.

Her government experience taught Brannon-Baptiste how to run a food program, but they did not teach her how to serve people, and for Brannon-Baptiste the service component is as integral as the food the organization distributes.

Recalling her time with Wic, Brannon-Baptiste struggled with the inflexibility of the program, "If they came two seconds after 5 o'clock... at 5 o'clock, boom, we lock the door, we couldn't help them. I'd have to open the door and say, 'Please come back tomorrow, or the day after, or next week, or next month. I used to just cry and say, 'this is terrible, I can't do this.'"

At it's All About The Kids Foundation, Brannon-Baptiste and her team can keep the door open, allow neighbors and family members to pick up food for each other, and make sure that divorced parents are able to keep the cupboards stocked in both of their child's homes, all things she was unable to do during her time with the government.

Listen to the interview above and learn more about the It's All About The Kids Foundation and the Battle of the Chefs fundraising event taking place on August 30th at Bankers Hill Club.

Living Better in San Diego, hosted by Susan DeVincent and Evonne Ermey, is heard Sunday mornings on Entercom San Diego stations and features interviews with local newsmakers, community leaders and citizens. If you have a topic or event that you would like to submit for consideration, drop us a line at livingbetter@entercom.com.