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About the North County Food Bank

In October 2015, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank acquired the North County Food Bank. The acquisition has enabled both food banks to meet previously unmet need in North County and expands our network of nonprofit distribution partners to more than 400. With additional resources from the acquisition, the North County Food Bank is now serving 30,000 more people every month in communities throughout North County.

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the North County Food Bank, together, feed 400,000 people per month in communities throughout San Diego County. Both food banks distribute food through a network of 400 nonprofits that operate feeding programs.

The North County Food Bank distributes food to 112 North County-based nonprofit partners that collect food from its warehouse facility in San Marcos, and they distribute the food directly to people in need in communities throughout North County.

The North County Food Bank’s nonprofit partners include: food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, low-income daycare centers, senior centers, faith-based organizations, schools, and day centers for the elderly and disabled.

Hunger and Poverty in North County

1.2 million people live in North County which accounts for one-third of San Diego County’s population. The poverty rate in North County ranges from 10.3% to 20%, while the county’s average poverty rate is 14.7%. Several cities in North County have poverty rates exceeding 10%. (See the chart below.)

North County City Poverty Rate
Escondido 19.8%
Vista 16.6%
San Marcos 15.9%
Oceanside 13.8%
Carlsbad 10.3%

North County’s Population Has a High Percentage of Working-poor Families and Dependent Age Groups

In the North County Inland region, 20% of working-age individuals have not earned a high school diploma or equivalency while 24.9% of households earn less than $35,000 per year, and 52% earn less than $75,000. North County also has a larger than average percentage of people in dependent age groups. Children make up 25% of the population, and seniors over the age of 65 make up 12% of the population.

Demand for Food Assistance

Due to our region’s high cost of living, tens of thousands of low-income families, including low-income military families, and fixed-income seniors rely on our food banks to put food on the table. Of the 400,000 people served monthly, 28,000 are low-income military personnel and their dependents; 10,000 are fixed-income seniors; over 100,000 live at or near the poverty level and receive assistance through our Emergency Food Assistance Program; and 1,633 are elementary school children living in poverty who receive weekend backpacks full of food through our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program in 11 school districts in the San Diego County.

Serving Low-income Military Families

Last year, the Food Bank served more than 28,000 low-income veterans, active-duty military personnel, and their dependents every month. For many low-income military families, San Diego County’s high cost of living makes it difficult to put nutritious food on the table. These families struggle with our region’s high rent, utilities, and food prices. In addition, military spouses have an unemployment rate of nearly 30% which is due in part to frequent relocation. In San Diego County, we distributed more than 700,000 pounds of food to low-income military families last year. The North County Food Bank and Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank actively serve low-income military personnel stationed at Camp Pendleton, MCAS Miramar, and Naval Base San Diego.

Please Donate and Help Feed Families in Need in North County

The Food Bank is asking for help, in particular, from residents of North County to support North County feeding programs and expand services to families in need in North County.

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North County Food Bank
680 Rancheros Drive #100, San Marcos, CA 92069