San Diego Business Journal

The San Diego Food Bank, in partnership with the City of Chula Vista, will host a large-scale “drive-thru” emergency food distribution event for low-income families in the South Bay on Friday, April 10 at Southwestern College.

Distribution will start at 9 a.m. and continue until all the food is gone.

Southwestern College is at 900 Otay Lakes Road in Chula Vista. All attendees’ vehicles must enter from East H Street.

The effort will target low-income families and seniors affected by the pandemic.

The food distribution will be “contactless.” Attendees will remain in their cars with windows rolled up. Food and toilet paper will be placed directly in the trunk by volunteers.

The groceries that will be distributed will 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 and a bag of potatoes. In addition, attendees will receive a family pack of toilet paper, paper towels and baby wipes.

Single people may receive a distribution if their annual income is $29,351 or less. Couples may receive a distribution if their annual income is $39,738 or less. Families of three or larger can find their eligibility here.

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.