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. We distribute food directly to people in need at nearly 180 distribution sites every month, and we provide food to 400 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 2016 – 2017
- This year, the Food Bank distributed 26 million pounds of food in communities throughout San Diego County which is the equivalent of 21.6 million meals.
- 8 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 1,730 elementary school children at 37 elementary schools every Friday during the school year. Children on the program live in poverty and face hunger at home.
- The Food Bank provided more than 10,000 low-income seniors a box of groceries and staple food items at 40 distribution sites throughout the county every month.
- Over 100,000 people were enrolled on our Emergency Food Assistance Program in 2016-17.
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 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 $36,900 a year. A family of six cannot make more than $49,440 a year.
To serve low-income military families, the Food Bank provides food to nonprofits that solely serve military personnel including the Armed Services YMCA, Brother Benno’s, Military Outreach Ministries, and the USO. These military nonprofits pick up food from the Food Bank’s warehouse to stock their food pantries, and they hand out the groceries to military families when they need emergency assistance.
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 24,415 volunteer visits to our warehouse.