Darryl Harris, Operations Manager at Brother Benno Foundation, picks up a new food rescue van from Feeding San Diego CEO Vince Hall. Photo courtesy Feeding America San Diego

To assist those facing hardship and disruption to daily life caused by the massive Valley Fire, Feeding San Diego, whose mission is to connect every person facing hunger with nutritious meals by maximizing food rescue, will increase the amount of food available at its East County mobile pantries located in Alpine, Campo, Descanso, Jacumba and Potrero.

Since the Valley Fire broke out in East County on Sept. 6, hundreds have been affected by evacuations, road closures and other disruptions to everyday life, preventing residents from going to the grocery store and causing financial hardship. Feeding San Diego is here to help, providing food assistance as families look to rebuild.

Feeding San Diego’s established mobile pantries help the organization reach underserved and vulnerable populations in rural areas, which is essential year-round but even more so during fire season. While these programs are usually held as farmer’s market-style distributions, each site now operates with a drive-through or walk through model due to the COVID-19 crisis. They are held on a twice monthly basis and are available to anyone in need.

“Many of the East County communities are food deserts and residents already struggle to access fresh food,” said Dana Henderson, director of programs at Feeding San Diego. “Natural disasters like wildfires exacerbate this problem. By doubling the amount of food available at our distributions, we are hopeful we can help the large number of people who are displaced as the fire continues.”

East County Mobile Pantry Sites Dates and Times:

Alpine

First Baptist Church of Alpine

Wednesday, Sept 16

8:30 to 9:30 AM

1912 Arnold Way

Alpine, CA  91901

Campo

Mountain Health & Community Services

Monday, September 14

12:00 to 1:00 PM

976 Sheridan Road

Campo, CA  91906

Descanso

Descanso Branch Library

Thursday, September 17

9:00 to 10:00 AM

9545 River Drive

Descanso, CA  91916

Jacumba

Monday, September 14

9:00 to 10:00 AM

44600 Old Highway 80

Jacumba, CA  91934

Potrero

Thursday, September 17

12:00 to 1:00 PM

24954 Potrero Valley Road

Potrero, CA  91963

To find a food distribution across all of San Diego County, visit feedingsandiego.org/get-help.

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