From April 4 to April 16, you can help “Stuff the Bus” to feed those facing food insecurity in our community!

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), the North County Transit District (NCTD), Albertsons/Vons, Girl Scouts San Diego, the San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter are encouraging San Diego County residents to donate nonperishable food items at their local Albertsons or Vons or to donate food virtually online through the Virtual Food Drive.

All food and monetary donations will benefit San Diego County residents facing food insecurity, including military families, seniors living on a fixed income and children living in poverty.


1. Visit your Local Albertsons or Vons

Simply find the Food Bank’s famous red food drive barrels at the front of your local Albertsons or Vons supermarket and drop off your nonperishable food items. Some of the Food Bank’s most needed items, include: canned meats (chicken and tuna), canned vegetables, soup, oatmeal, rice, canned fruits and peanut butter.

2. Donate Online Through the “Stuff the Bus” Virtual Food Drive

Can’t make it to the store? No problem! To make a donation securely online, click the blue button below and select from the Food Bank’s “Most Need Food Items.” Once you have decided on which items you would like to donate, drag each item individually across your screen to the checkout stand. When you have reached the donation amount you would like to donate, please click the “checkout” button and fill out the secure online donation form.


3.  Help “Stuff the Bus” with Food Drive Donations on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District buses along with local Girl Scout troops will be on-site at 13 Albertsons and Vons supermarket locations throughout the county to help collect food donations. The goal is to fill each bus with the Food Bank’s “Most Needed Food Items” to help nourish low-income families in need. After 1 p.m., the buses will then deliver the donated food to the San Diego Food Bank’s Miramar warehouse where a team of volunteers will unload the buses.  Visit one of the 13 locations between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and be part of the solution.

San Diego County Locations
Chula Vista – Albertsons 720 3rd Avenue
El Cajon – Vons 1201 Avocado
Lemon Grove – Albertsons 7090 Broadway
Mira Mesa – Vons 8310 Mira Mesa Boulevard
Rancho Bernardo – Vons 11986 Bernardo Plaza
Serra Mesa – Vons 3550 Murphy Canyon Road
Santee – Vons 9643 Mission Gorge Road
Spring Valley – Albertsons 543 Sweetwater Road
University City – Vons 7788 Regents Road
North County Locations
Carlsbad – Vons 6951 El Camino Real
Escondido – Albertsons 1509 East Valley Parkway
Oceanside – Albertsons 3450 Marron Road

Thank you, San Diego, for helping the San Diego Food Bank and our community partners fight hunger and feed hope!

This event is a food drive to collect donations of food and is not a food distribution event. If you or someone you know is in need of food assistance, please use our GPS Food Locator Map at to find a food distribution or pantry near you.