About Us

We’re on a mission to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue.

Established in 2007, Feeding San Diego is the leading hunger-relief and food rescue organization in San Diego County and the only Feeding America partner food bank in the region.

Feeding San Diego provides more than 35.4 million meals every year to children, families, seniors, college students, military families, veterans, people facing homelessness, and other underserved populations. We distribute meals in partnership with nearly 350 local charities, schools, faith communities, meal sites, and food pantries throughout the region. Learn more about how we work.

Ending Hunger Through Food Rescue

Feeding San Diego agency partner Bridge of Hope free food distribution on June 10, 2022.

38 percent of food in the United States goes to waste. That means there is more than enough food available to end hunger. By partnering with over 770 food donors in San Diego County and over 120 farms and packing sheds throughout California, Feeding San Diego rescues high-quality food before it goes to waste.

In 2022-2023, nearly 76 percent of the food we provided to the community was rescued.

By diverting this food from the landfill, Feeding San Diego significantly reduces harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Learn more about Our Impact.

In addition to rescuing and distributing high-quality food, Feeding San Diego helps individuals enroll in CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps). This program helps those in need purchase groceries for their families.

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Mission

Connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue

Our Values: A.S.C.E.N.D.

Agility: We are dedicated to adaptability, flexibility and continuous improvement

Stewardship: We are committed to managing every gift of time, funds and voice responsibly

Collaboration: We partner throughout the community to maximize reach and efficiency

Environment: We protect the environment through responsible food sourcing and business practices

Nutrition: We know that nutritious food is a transformative force to health and well-being

Dignity: We embrace diversity and believe in the power of dignity and kindness

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Our History

As one of the newest hunger-relief organizations in the Feeding America network, Feeding San Diego’s first distribution was held on October 9, 2007 in the parking lot at San Diego Rescue Mission. Several weeks later, San Diego County suffered from disastrous firestorms that displaced hundreds of thousands of individuals. In the first week of the fire with only two employees, Feeding San Diego secured and delivered 515,000 pounds of emergency supplies, including food, water, and other grocery items, to evacuees, firefighters, and volunteers.

Special thanks to Red Cross, Salvation Army, Father Joe’s Villages, Catholic Charities, Rock Church, San Diego Rescue Mission, Homeland Security, FEMA, City of San Diego, County of San Diego and other nonprofit agencies who supported our efforts during the firestorms and early stages of our development.

In February of 2008, Feeding San Diego moved into a 30,000 square-foot warehouse to better serve families in need. Later in 2010, the organization relocated to a new 50,000 square-foot distribution center in Sorrento Valley and quickly emerged as the leading hunger-relief organization in the county the following year. In September 2020, amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, Feeding San Diego moved into a new facility with enhanced capability to serve the community.