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James M. Cox Foundation Donates $75,000 to Feed Families Across Southern California During Pandemic

Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County, Food Bank of Santa Barbara County and Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank each receive Covid-19 grants for $25,000

San Diego CACox Communications is helping feed families throughout Cox’s California markets with $25,000 donations to Second Harvest Food Bank,  Foodbank of Santa Barbara County and the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The grants, totaling $75,000 from the James M. Cox Foundation, will support local families in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Cox has always supported the communities we serve,” said Sam Attisha, senior vice president and region manager for Cox Communications in California. “Now, more than ever, supporting our food banks and enabling access to nutritious food for families and children who need our help is so important.  We’re committed to doing our part and will continue to partner with great organizations to combat food insecurity.”

The $25,000 donation from Cox will provide 125,000 meals to those in need in San Diego County.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Cox Communications and the James M. Cox Foundation for supporting the food bank during this unprecedented public health crisis that has had a devastating impact on our community and local economy, forcing tens of thousands of families to seek help from the Food Bank,” said James Floros, president and CEO of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. “With widespread business closures, record unemployment and skyrocketing food insecurity, donations are critical to the food bank since we are currently feeding nearly 600,000 people per month due to the pandemic and soaring need.”

Prior to the pandemic, the San Diego Food Bank fed 350,000 people per month. That number has nearly doubled. They are also the only diaper bank in San Diego County authorized by the state, and partner with dozens of nonprofit organizations to distribute diapers to local families in need.

The James M. Cox Foundation is the charitable arm of Cox Enterprises, the parent company of Cox Communications. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the James M. Cox Foundation has donated $150,000 to food banks in Cox’s California markets.

About Cox Communications

Cox Communications is committed to creating meaningful moments of human connection through broadband applications and services. The largest private telecom company in America, we proudly serve six million homes and businesses across 18 states. We’re dedicated to empowering others to build a better future and celebrate diverse products, people, suppliers, communities and the characteristics that makes each one unique. Cox Communications is the largest division of Cox Enterprises, a family-owned business founded in 1898 by Governor James M. Cox.

About the James M. Cox Foundation

The James M. Cox Foundation is named in honor of Cox Enterprises’ founder and provides funding for capital campaigns and special projects in communities where the company operates. James M. Cox was Ohio’s first three-term governor and the 1920 Democratic nominee for president of the United States. The Foundation concentrates its community support in several areas including: conservation and environment; early childhood education; empowering families and individuals for success; and health.