A 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!
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.
The Community Resource Center has Bread distribution and other food distributions several times a week. More information can be found here.
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 email@example.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!
Ramona Food and Clothes ClosetEach 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!
They are back! The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to town, well our town, and probably yours too!
I can’t wait to take the kids. First, we will definitely have to watch some episodes of Scooby Doo from the 70’s!
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Did you know that San Diego has a Soccer Team? We Do! The Sockers are our MASL Team! They’ve been here since 2009.
The Big Kid and I got to experience our first Socker’s game yesterday!
Before the game, we got a chance the run around the field and kick the ball. After 20 minutes, the big kid was panting and ready for a water break.
Sockers tickets start at $15, the club pays for parking! They have special rates for groups and a special military discount!
The Sockers pride themselves on being the family-friendly affordable winter sport in San Diego. Fans are welcome on the field after the game to meet the team, get autographs or a high five. The big kid and I had a great time! Soccer is a very fast-moving game, and there are lots of opportunities for audience participation, which he LOVED!!
If you were wondering about the noise level? Not too loud, and just in case, I had his noise-blocking earphones in the car.
I would recommend a Sockers game for any family, especially those with kids on the spectrum. It’s a chance to enjoy time together, make noise, and watch a fun game.
And Pechanga Arena has a great variety of food and snacks. We had caramel apples, and frozen chocolate-dipped cheesecake on a stick.
**The Sockers provided free tickets to the game- However, we were not obligated to blog or post on Social media about the event. We had such an amazing time that I had to share with y’all.
We love our local YMCA- They have great exercise classes, awesome free events for members and the community, open gym for the kids to run and play in the gymnastics area three times a week, an activity pool that is open in the spring and summer, and I could go on and on.
We go to the Y 4-6 times a week for exercise and so the kids can play and socialize- this is a HUGE help during school breaks because the kids club/child watch has great programs and play opportunities- and it’s included in the price of membership. And it’s so much more than the kid’s area at most chain gyms. The folks at child watch and kids club do crafts, lead games, read stories, and teach the kids how to play new games, and take them into the gym area to bounce on the huge trampoline!
Today Only, December 2nd- Cyber Monday, New members pay no joining fee if they join online using our special My Y Code CYBR19. Your friend will save up to $60! And if you are a member and your friend mentions your name at sign up, you’ll get a free month of membership! If you are going to sign up, mention my name, Abby Hewes. Any way we can save money helps our families bottom line!
For our family, YMCA is definitely frugal: for $75/month, I am able to go to the gym for 2 hours a day and the kids can go to play and have fun. Any of our other local gyms can’t touch that price, and they don’t have the other programs or benefits.
The YMCA offers scholarships and reduced monthly membership fees for military families, families that receive WIC, and many other programs- don’t forget to ask about them!
And if you are the parent of a special needs kid, let me tell you that our local Y has the most wonderful, caring staff that cares for all kids. My big kid is autistic and he loves going to Kids Club to hang out and play. He also loves the monthly Kids Night at the Y.