We often think of Thanksgiving as the kickoff to the holiday season of giving, but why not start with Halloween? Get a jump on giving this year by trick-or-treating for canned goods! As you go door to door on Oct. 31 with the kids in your life visiting neighbors, ask them for nonperishable food donations instead of candy. Let them know you are hosting a Halloween food drive that will benefit the San Diego Food Bank, and their donations will help feed hungry children, families, and individuals during the holidays. You can also create and hand out flyers that have hunger facts and statistics about San Diego, and information about the Food Bank’s programs. Be sure to bring a rolling suitcase or wagon to help carry the donations!
Food items that are most in demand are canned tuna or chicken, peanut butter, canned fruit or vegetables, pasta, rice, beans, cereal, and canned soup or chili. All donation items must be unopened and nonperishable.
You may drop off your food donations directly at the Food Bank during our walk-in donation hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are located in Miramar at 9850 Distribution Ave. San Diego, CA 92121. If you cannot drop off your donations, we can pick them up from you! Just schedule a pickup date by registering your food drive here. You will receive a confirmation email within 72 hours.
Start your holiday season the right way by helping those in need. Encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to host a Halloween trick-or-treat food drive!