The Food Bank operates a number of hunger-relief and resource programs for our client population. For a full listing of our programs click here.
The Food Bank receives food from a range of sources including locally-run food drives, the USDA, growers, retailers, and wholesalers. Once the food arrives at our warehouse, we rely on volunteers to inspect and sort the food. Food is then categorized by food group and boxed and bagged for distribution to the community.
Approximately 24,000 people volunteer at the Food Bank’s warehouse every year – saving vast labor costs. The Food Bank distributes food directly to families and individuals in need at 180 distribution sites throughout the county every month, often in parking lots.
The Food Bank also provides food to 400 nonprofits that operate feeding programs. Nonprofits pick up food from the Food Bank’s warehouse and distribute the food to people in need in their areas. These nonprofits include soup kitchens, shelters, churches with feeding programs, schools, senior and disabled living facilities, and food pantries.
By The Numbers
The data below illustrates the impact of the Food Bank in San Diego County last year.