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Our Most Basic Need - The Center's Food Resources

Our Most Basic Need - The Center's Food Resources

Dear Center Community,

Food is our most basic need - it is what nourishes and sustains us so we can work, care for our loved ones, and carry on the business of our lives. We have heard from so many in our LGBTQ community that they are facing food insecurity, some for the first time in their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have seen the need increase exponentially. As we have been in the past, The Center is here for you with food programs and services.

 The Center, in partnership with the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, holds two Food Banks every month in our parking lot at our Main Center. Our Senior Food Bank takes place on the fourth Tuesday of the month and serves low-income seniors, and our Neighborhood Food Bank happens on the first Tuesday of the month and is open to all. During COVID-19, we have implemented all safety protocols including masking and social distancing for our walk-up clients, and also added a contactless drive-thru where clients pull through the line in the parking lot and food is loaded directly into their cars. Center staff arrive early at the Food Bank so they can pick up food and deliver it to clients who may not have transportation to come to The Center, including North Park Senior Apartments and Sunburst Youth Housing. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have seen increased numbers of existing clients utilizing the food banks, and also new community members who arrive tentative or unsure - all are warmly welcomed.  

 In addition to the Food Banks, Center staff have created innovative programs to continue to get critical food to our community. Partnering with a different local restaurant every month, we have launched Nourishing the Community, a program designed to provide free meals to those affected by COVID-19; this month, we are partnering with Big Front Door. In another inventive offering, The Center has partnered with 2-1-1, CIE San Diego, Door Dash, and United Way for a free weekly delivery of non-perishables like pasta, sauce, canned goods, cereal, and more right to our community’s doorstep (more details below).

 If you are facing food insecurity and need The Center’s resources, you are not alone. For information and details, contact Sarah Merk-Benitez at 619. 692.2077 x 214 or smerkbenitez@thecentersd.org. If you are able, please donate so we can continue to provide these critical food programs to our community - visit here to make a gift.

In community,

Cara