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  • Writer's pictureJarnard Sutton

Del Mar Fairgrounds partners with the San Diego Food Bank to provide emergency food distribution for

The San Diego Food Bank is stepping up to feed a growing number of vulnerable families and seniors during the COVID-19 crisis with drive-thru food distribution sites.

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The Del Mar Fairgrounds has partnered with the San Diego Food Bank for an Emergency Food Distribution Event on Friday, April 3, starting at at 10 a.m. to help 1,000 families in need.

The drive-thru food distribution is first-come, first-served. There will be enough food supplies for 1,000 vehicles. In order to follow social distancing guidelines, the food distribution will be “touchless.” Low-income families and those affected by the COVID-19 crisis will not leave their cars – food will be placed directly in their trunks. In addition, they’ll also receive two tickets to the San Diego County Fair.

For health and safety reasons, no one will be allowed to “walk up” or receive food on foot. Individuals and families who are not able to arrive by car should call the Food Bank at (866) 350-FOOD (3663) or visit for a food distribution site near their home.

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Food items that will be distributed include canned protein, canned vegetables, canned fruits, whole grain food items, shelf-stable foods, nonperishable foods, and fresh produce including fresh vegetables and fruits.

Attendees must meet the following income guidelines provided below.

Note: Food distribution is open only to households that meet the following income guidelines. This will be a “self-certifying” food distribution, meaning that families will not need to show proof of income or provide I.D. in order to receive food assistance. Families simply need to verbally verify that they meet the following income guidelines:

Household Size Max. Monthly Household Income Max. Annual Household Income

1 $ 2,445.96 $ 29,351.50

2 $ 3,311.54 $ 39,738.50

3 $ 4,177.13 $50,125.50

4 $ 5,024.71 $ 60,512.50

5 $ 5,908.29 $ 70,899.50

6 $ 6,773.88 $ 81,286.50

7 $ 7,639.46 $ 91,673.50

8 $ 8,505.04 $ 102,060.50

9 $ 9,370.63 $ 112,447.50

10 $ 10,263.21 $ 122,834.50

10+ add $865.58 each add $10,387 each

A surge of local residents are going hungry during this time of need. Make sure your neighbors know they are not alone. Here are three ways you can make a big difference:

For more information, visit or call 866) 350-FOOD (3663).

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