Christ’s Kitchen Provides Food to Underserved San Diego Residents

Christ’s Kitchen in San Diego
Christ’s Kitchen in San Diego


Captain David Schnell brings more than 26 years of service with the U.S. Navy to his current role as general manager of the Americas Commercial & State Transportation Group’s Los Angeles Express Lanes program. Holding an undergraduate degree in political science and an MBA from St. Mary’s College, Captain David Schnell draws from his vast leadership experience in his work as the executive director of Christ’s Kitchen in San Diego.

Christ’s Kitchen provides food to homeless and underserved residents in the greater San Diego area. As part of the Bread of Life Rescue Mission, which serves as an overnight homeless shelter in the city of Oceanside annually from December 1 through March 31, Christ’s Kitchen prepares and serves hundred of meals to guests at the shelter, who are also offered referrals to substance abuse programs and information about other community resources.

According to the 2016 homeless census, Oceanside’s homeless population has more than doubled since 2015, making it the second-largest in the county. This has put significant pressure on organizations such as Christ’s Kitchen and has limited their ability to extend resources to all in need. In light of this increase, the mission is currently working to become a year-round shelter to help address homelessness in Oceanside.


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A U.S. Navy veteran with more than 26 years of experience as an officer in increasingly challenging roles, including the command of two naval warships, David Schnell has a vast background in executive leadership, management, and team building. David Schnell’s military service offered him the chance to develop a wide range of skills in business management, crisis management, financial planning, and problem solving. He served in multiple deployments to the Arabian Gulf, provided combat support to ongoing military operations in the Middle East, and led thousands of sailors from a variety of different professional backgrounds. During his naval career, David Schnell served as Commanding Officer on board the USS Peleliu, an amphibious aircraft carrier and flagship for an expeditionary strike group, and the USS Ford, a guided missile frigate in support of an aircraft carrier strike group. During both commands, he led a total of 1,250 sailors and oversaw the security of 1,800 Marines in combat and support operations. David Schnell also held several staff positions in Washington, DC, including Staff Officer to the Chief of Naval Operations Deep Blue Directorate, where he offered technical guidance and expertise on emerging warfare concepts, and Branch Chief to the Joint Staff in the War on Terrorism Directorate, where he worked on anti-proliferation issues concerning weapons of mass destruction as well as biological and chemical agents. Schnell retired honorably from the Navy as a Captain and currently works in San Diego as Executive Director of Christ Kitchen, an organization that provides thousands of meals to people who are homeless and families in need. David Schnell also serves on the board of Walden Family Services and is a counselor with Royal Family Kids Camp, two organizations that offer assistance, support, and developmental activities to foster children.

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