SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Wal-Mart Foundation Thursday announced a donation of nearly $1.8 million to fund summer education and nutrition programs for youth around San Diego.
The money will go to the city of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, San Diego Unified School District -- which jointly operate a summer lunch program for needy children at 40 sites -- and THINK Together, an education nonprofit.
The money will provide 162,100 healthy meals and snacks to school-age children, and allow 1,000 youngsters to enroll in summer learning programs.
"Through Wal-Mart and the work of dedicated San Diego nonprofit organizations, children will have better meals, opportunities to live healthier, higher academic standards, and a brighter future," City Council President Tony Young said. "And because of that, the San Diego community will have a brighter future."
Educators believe one reason for the achievement gap between affluent and poor students is that some don't have the same access to healthy food or learning opportunities after school lets out for summer. Enrollment by children in nutrition programs last summer in San Diego County dropped by 23 percent, according to Wal-Mart.
The company said it is spending $25 million nationwide to expand nutrition, education and employment services.
A light plane occupied by a flight instructor and a student pilot made a safe emergency landing amid late-morning traffic on Interstate 8 in El Cajon on Friday.
Residents in El Cajon are sounding the alarm on what they say are growing problems related to increased homelessness in the area. Some neighbors say they feel unsafe in their own yards because of drug use and nearby encampments.
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San Diego State University students who were recently vaccinated for meningitis may need to receive the vaccine again, the school and Walgreens warned on Friday.
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