San Diego, CA Area Consumer Research Project Earn $150!

This is a brand new study- I got this email earlier this evening, and I have to share it.  I’ve never done a study with this company before, but it looks super fun!

Open to: San Diego Residents – Local to Oceanside (20 miles)

Focus Group Connection is looking for Men and Women to participate in an In-Person Focus Group. This study will take place at local restaurants in Oceanside CA.


This will be a unique study where the discussion will take place at 2 different restaurants. The interviewer will meet you at the restaurant. It will be a fun discussion, but you will be asked to taste alcoholic beverage for the purpose of research.

Due to this, they are asking that you travel to the 1st restaurant using a ride-share or dropped off by a friend or family member. From restaurant 1 to restaurant 2 they will have you ride as a team via bus and you are required to Uber home following restaurant 2. In addition to the incentive, meals, drinks, and any paid ride service (bus, uber) will be paid for also. They will ask you to invite two friends also. All of you must be willing to consume alcoholic beverages. Each of you will be paid $150.00 for your time and insights.

If you’re interested in participating, please click the link below to fill in the pre-screen here. 

Please note – Not everyone will qualify to participate and not everyone will receive a call-back.


Food Bank Resources in Northern San Diego County

DSCN2469A few years back, I wrote this post, which I update about once a year with information on Food Banks/Food Pantries and food co-ops in San Diego County. Considering san Diego County is larger than some New England states, I decided to dedicate a post purely to North County food resources, as I have been getting requests for those lately. Thanks to my friends Elizabeth, Kate, Yvonne, and Stephanie for assisting me with the research!

North County Neighborhood Distribution Sites 2020

There are of course the Neighborhood Distribution sites from The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. There are no requirements or proof of need (no ID either).  Just bring a few reusable bags or a cart to carry your food home.

Learn more about Neighborhood Distributions here. The 2020 Calendar of Neighborhood Distributions can be found here.

If you live in Escondido or Oceanside, check out the Interfaith Community Services Website for information on food.

In Encinitas:

  • The Community Resource Center has Bread distribution and other food distributions several times a week. More information can be found here.

In Vista:

  • North County’s Food Bank 1175 Melrose Way, Vista, CA, 92081 (760) 761-1140 The Emergency Food for Individuals program is direct food assistance available to needy individuals. Program is available every first, third and fifth Monday of the month.
  • Food Distribution at Lamb of God Food Bank 1120 Highland Dr, Vista, CA 92083 (760) 458-4655 every Tuesday and Thursdays, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


In San Marcos:

  • Summit Church 292 E. Barham Dr., San Marcos, CA 92078 760.471.6267 or office@summitsanmarcos.comArrive: 11:00 am, food distribution: 12:00 p – 1:00 pm

    Summit hosts a farmers market-style free food outreach 2x per month!
    Every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of every month, they give 25 lbs of food to anyone
    in need in the front parking lot. Everyone is welcome; there are no requirements!

In Ramona:

  • Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Each 3rd Friday of the month, a truck will bring perishable food items like produce to the store for distribution.  You do not need to qualify for this program.   Patrons are asked to line up before 9:00 AM in an orderly fashion and wait their turn.  

    Each person will receive approximately 20-25 pounds of food per family.  It is a first-come, first-serve basis.  You will need to bring your own bags or rolling carts.

Feeding American San Diego has a map on their website of various resources in the San Diego area, many of them require no proof of need or paperwork.

If you have any food resources to share, please leave a comment!