Vargas is president and CEO of Father Joe’s Villages and lives in La Jolla.

From Nov. 13 to 21, cities and counties across the country will commemorate Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, a national event to not just recognize the impact of hunger and housing scarcity on our communities but to take necessary action to end it.

In San Diego, we recognize these dual needs are especially great. Every night, thousands of our neighbors go to bed without enough to eat. But even having a roof over their head isn’t enough to avoid food insecurity. This year alone, the annual Hunger in San Diego report found that over 743,000 people faced hunger in San Diego. Click below to read the full essay.

Opinion: Father Joe’s provides food, housing for all in need – The San Diego Union-Tribune (