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Free food and paper products for low-income families and seniors

Post Date:04/08/2020 2:39 PM

The San Diego Food Bank, in partnership with the City of Chula Vista, will host a "drive-thru" food and paper product distribution for 1,000 vehicles on Friday, April 10. The event will be held at Southwestern College, 900 Otay Lakes Road, Chula Vista, beginning at 9 a.m.  Attendees must enter from East H Street to the college.

  • The distribution is first come, first served. Rain or shine.
  • The Food Bank will have enough food and supplies to serve 1,000 vehicles starting at 9 a.m.
  • Each vehicle/family will receive 25 pounds of food, toilet paper, paper towels, and baby wipes..

The food distribution will target low-income families and seniors affected by the pandemic. It will be a contactless distribution where attendees remain in their vehicles with windows rolled up and volunteers place the items directly in the trunk.  

Groceries that will be distributed include: UHT milk, peanut butter, brown rice, canned peaches, canned green beans, canned peas, canned tomato sauce, canned vegetable soup, canned cream of mushroom soup, canned salmon, canned pork, a box of cereal, pecan pieces (1 lb.), and a bag of potatoes. In addition, attendees will receive a family-pack of toilet paper, paper towels, and baby wipes.

NOTE: For health and safety reasons, no one will be allowed to “walk up” or receive food on foot. Individuals and families who are not able to arrive by car should contact the Food Bank directly for resources or visit: for a food distribution site near their residence.  

Attendees must verbally “self-certify” that they meet income guidelines to receive food assistance (chart below).

San Diego Food Bank: Income Guidelines for Friday, April 10 Food Distribution

Household Size         Max. Monthly Household Income          Max. Annual Household Income    

1                                                   $ 2,445.96                             $ 29,351.50

2                                                   $ 3,311.54                             $ 39,738.50

3                                                   $ 4,177.13                             $50,125.50

4                                                   $ 5,024.71                             $ 60,512.50

5                                                   $ 5,908.29                             $ 70,899.50

6                                                   $ 6,773.88                             $ 81,286.50

7                                                   $ 7,639.46                             $ 91,673.50

8                                                   $ 8,505.04                             $ 102,060.50

9                                                   $ 9,370.63                             $ 112,447.50

10                                                $ 10,263.21                            $ 122,834.50

Over 10                                  add $865.58 each                       add $10,387 each

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the Food Bank has experienced an exponential increase in demand for food assistance. More than 350,000 people, living at or near the poverty level, in San Diego County rely on the Food Bank for food every month. As the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies and unemployment soars, the families and seniors that the Food Bank serves are at even greater risk of going hungry. The impact on our economy is already significant and is expected to get worse as businesses are shut down for the foreseeable future. The Food Bank will continue to serve those in need throughout the duration of the Coronavirus crisis. For information on our food programs operating during the crisis, visit: To donate, visit:


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