The Food Bank welcomes food donations from across the food industry. We receive food donations from manufacturers, produce growers and packers, distributors and wholesalers, grocery stores, and community food drives.
Foods We Accept
We accept food that is in its original packaging, unopened and within our food code date/extension guidelines. We accept whole, fresh produce without significant decay, with the exception of homegrown citrus fruits. Please read notice below.
Foods We Do Not Accept:
- Foods that were not kept at the appropriate temperatures
- Canned goods that are open, punctured, bulging or seriously damaged
- Home prepared, home canned or home jarred products
- Items that contain alcohol or have alcohol in the product name
- Homegrown citrus fruits – Please read the notice below.
Citrus Quarantine Bans Homegrown Citrus Donations to Food Banks
Due to the citrus quarantine currently in effect across Southern California, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter are unable to accept any donations of homegrown citrus fruits. The quarantine also prohibits any homegrown citrus from entering our warehouses at this time. Should you have any questions about this, please contact Ben Price firstname.lastname@example.org 858-863-5128 OR Kimberly Castillo at email@example.com org or 858-863-5133.
We Practice Food Safety Everyday
We take our responsibility to you and the people we serve very seriously. Donating food to our Food Bank isn’t only smart, it’s safe, too.
- All of our drivers and warehouse staff are trained to handle food safely. They undergo yearly food-safety training.
- Our trucks are refrigerated to keep food at safe temperatures.
- We train all partner agencies how to safely prepare and handle food they receive from the Food Bank.
- We evaluated our partner agency pantries and kitchens for their food-safety practices.
- We are routinely inspected by the USDA and State and County Public Health Inspectors.
Worried About Liability?
There is no danger in donating food to the Food Bank that follows the guidelines above. The federal government has laws protecting donors from liability.
If you have questions about donating please contact Kimberly Castillo, Food Procurement Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 858-863-5133