In addition to financial support, Feeding San Diego relies on contributions from national and local partnerships to source product.
Through our membership with Feeding America, FSD has access to billions of pounds of food from national donors such as Kraft, Kellogg’s, ConAgra and General Mills. Without a Feeding America affiliate in the region, this food would not come into San Diego.
Providing nearly half of the food distributed by FSD, our Food Rescue program diverts quality food heading for the landfill to serve clients. FSD partners with more than 180 local grocery stores and retailers, including Albertsons, Food4Less, Ralphs, Target and Walmart, to rescue an average of nearly a million pounds of fresh food each month. Produce, dairy, baked goods, meats and other perishable items that would otherwise go to waste are generously donated and picked up directly by our partner agencies. Recognized for its efficiency and effectiveness, this model enables FSD to reduce food waste while providing nutritious food to the community.
Each year, FSD receives millions of pounds of fresh produce through our partnership with the California Association of Food Banks and their Farm to Family program. Fresh foods are also donated through the local agriculture industry, Feeding America and gleaning partners.
Damaged food items from grocery stores, such as dented cans, torn cereal boxes and other safe nutritious food items are reclaimed for use. Rather than going to the landfill, these items are received, sorted, cleaned and safety checked by volunteers at the distribution center. Ralphs, Albertsons, Big Lots and Walgreens currently supply reclamation.
In order to supplement food donations and ensure a nutritious mix of product, FSD also purchases highly discounted foods through relationships with local vendors and partners. All purchased product meets high nutritional standards developed and passed by the Nutrition Policy council and outlined in our Purchased Food Policy.
Individuals, clubs, classrooms and offices donate food directly to Feeding San Diego by hosting a food drive. Visit our Donate Food page to find out how you can host your own drive.