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 nearly 180 distribution sites every month, and we provide food to 346 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 2014 – 2015
- This year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food to San Diego County which is the equivalent of 18.3 million meals.
- A third (7.2 million pounds) of the food we distributed last year was fresh produce.
- The Food Bank served, on average, over 370,000 people per month in communities and cities throughout San Diego County.
- The Food Bank provided weekend backpacks full of food to 1,600 chronically hungry school children at 34 elementary schools every Friday during the school year.
- The Food Bank provided 8,400 low-income seniors a box of groceries and staple food items at 45 distribution sites throughout the county every month.
- Over 100,000 people were enrolled on our Emergency Food Assistance Program in 2014.
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 28,000 low-income military personnel and their dependents every month, many of whom have difficulty making ends meet.
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 $35,775 a year. A family of six cannot make more than $47,955 a year.
Last year, the San Diego Food Bank distributed more than 700,000 pounds of food to veterans, active-duty service members and their dependents. The Food Bank distributed this food directly to military personnel through direct food distributions and in partnership with seven hunger-relief charities that serve low-income military personnel and their dependents including the Navy Wives Food Locker, the USO, the Armed Services YMCA, Brother Benno’s (Camp Pendleton), Military Outreach Ministries, Veterans Village of San Diego, the Ladle Fellowship, and Embrace.
Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. We rely on thousands of volunteers to sort, pack, and distribute food to our clients. 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 24,779 volunteer visits to our warehouse.