Del Mar Fairgrounds & San Diego Food Bank To Provide Emergency Food Distribution This Friday, April 3

March 30, 2020

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, including hosting an emergency food distribution event at Del Mar Fairgrounds this Friday, April 3.

The Del Mar Fairgrounds has partnered with the San Diego Food Bank for an Emergency Food Distribution Event at 10am on Friday, April 3 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, as  food will be placed directly in their trunks. 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 go online for assistance in finding a food distribution site near their home.

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 income guidelines for their household size. Single individuals will have to verify they do not make more than $2,445.96 and $29,351.50 per year, while couples cannot make an income of  more than $3,311.54 or $39,738.50 per year. 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. Each food package will total approximately 25 pounds per family/vehicle.

A surge of local residents are going hungry during this time of need. Make sure your neighbors know they are not alone. Make a big difference by making a financial donation to the San Diego Food Bank, donating food and goods to the needy in this convenient Virtual Food Drive, and with mounting volunteer cancellations due to COVID-19, volunteer for a shift with the San Diego Food Bank if you are healthy and able.

Del Mar Fairgrounds & Racetrack is located at 2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar. For more information about the emergency food distribution event, visit