The Food Bank distributes food in communities throughout San Diego County which is a sprawling 4,200 square miles. We distribute food in two ways. Currently, we distribute food directly to people in need at more than 155 distribution sites every month, and we provide food to more than 330 nonprofit community partners with feeding programs who, in turn, provide food to individuals and families in need. Our nonprofit partners include soup kitchens, shelters, food pantries, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, low-income day care centers, and disability programs within San Diego County. This distribution model enables the Food Bank to serve communities throughout San Diego County.
Distribution Statistics for Fiscal Year 2010 – 2011
- This year, the Food Bank distributed 20,411,940 pounds of food to San Diego County which is the equivalent of 15,946,828 meals.
- 30% of the food we distributed was fresh produce, totaling over 6.1 million pounds.
- The Food Bank served, on average, over 350,000 people per month in communities and cities throughout San Diego County.
- The Food Bank provided weekend backpacks full of food to 800 chronically hungry school children at 22 elementary schools every Friday during the school year.
- The Food Bank provided over 8,500 low-income seniors a box of groceries and staple food items at 51 distribution sites throughout the county every month.
- Over 95,000 people were enrolled on our Emergency Food Assistance Program in 2010. This is up from 37,921 in 2007.
Serving San Diego’s Low-Income Military Population
Many low-income military families living in San Diego often struggle with the region’s high cost of living compared with other lower cost regions of the U.S. The Food Bank’s distributions help over helped 13,000 low-income military personnel and their dependents every month, many of whom have difficulty making ends meet in the Fiscal Year 2010 – 2011.
Military families must meet income guidelines to qualify for the monthly food distributions. For a family of four, that translates to a household income of no more than $33,072 a year. A family of six cannot make more than $44,293 a year.
The Food Bank serves low-income military families through our nonprofit partners. They include the Navy Wives Food Locker, Military Outreach Ministries, Armed Services YMCA, USO Airport, and Brother Benno’s at Camp Pendleton.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We rely on thousands of volunteers to sort, pack, and distribute food to our clients. Every month, our volunteers pack 2,000 bags of food for our Emergency Food Assistance Program, 8,500 food boxes for low-income seniors, and 3,200 backpacks for chronically hungry elementary school children on our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program. Our volunteers packed 102,000 senior food boxes, and packed and distributed more than 2,000,000 pounds of fresh produce. Volunteers also provide administrative support for our office staff, and our CalFresh Outreach volunteers attend our food distributions every week and help our clients apply for CalFresh (Food Stamp) benefits. This year, the Food Bank had 16,487 volunteer visits to our warehouse, and our volunteers worked a total of 43,046 hours.