On Saturday morning June 6, 2020 dozens of cars drove through four church parking lots around San Diego County donating thousands of pounds of food to help the San Diego Food Bank feed those struggling to keep food on the table during this time of crisis and uncertainty.
Local churches and businesses participated in the “Neighbor Helping Neighbor” food drive. Four parking lots of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were set up with tables, red barrels, pallet boxes, pick-up trucks, and masked volunteers. Drive-Thru locations were in Rancho Penasquitos, Allied Gardens, Mission Valley, and El Cajon. Channel 8 news was on site at the Mission Valley location and Councilmember Mark Kersey supported the Rancho Penasquitos location with an in person visit.
Volunteers used JustServe.org to find drive-thru food drive locations while also providing a link to participate in the food drive virtually. Saturday’s event raised over $3,800 in monetary donations and collected over 13,500 lbs of food. All food and monetary donations convert to 30,595 meals for those who are struggling in our community.
Generous community members drove through the line and popped their trunks for the volunteers to safely retrieve grocery bags full of food.
Volunteers were stationed around the buildings to direct the cars.
The Tron family was a wonderful example of goodness in the community as their son became one of the food drive’s littlest volunteers.