In 2015, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank acquired the North County Food Bank. Since then, our North County Food Bank chapter has more than doubled the amount of food that we distribute to North County communities, grown our network of nonprofit partners, tripled the number of schools on our Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, and significantly increased the number of food-insecure families that we serve.
In total, the North County Food Bank distributed more than 6 million pounds of food to North County residents in need this past year!
To honor our North County Food Bank chapter’s accomplishments and to raise funds for our North County Hunger Initiative, we hosted our inaugural Season of Giving Gala in December at Cal State San Marcos. The gala was a huge success with more than 250 attendees, and the event raised vital funding for our North County Food Bank chapter’s hunger-relief programs!
At the close of the gala program, the evening’s Diamond Title Sponsor, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, made a surprise announcement. Chairman Bo Mazzetti and members of the tribal board announced a three-year pledge of $300,000 for the North County Food Bank which was greeted by a standing ovation from gala attendees.
This major donation by the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians will enable us to make great strides in further expanding our vital hunger-relief programs in communities throughout the North County region. And it will enable us to make urgently needed infrastructure improvements that will expand the Food Bank’s capacity, which is currently a barrier to our programs and services in the community.
“The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians’ commitment to seeing its community thrive is exemplary, and we appreciate their confidence in generously investing in our mission,” said Food Bank President & CEO, James Floros. “We are thrilled to have their support as we move forward to expand our services to underserved families in need in North County. This generous donation will have a huge impact on the North County community.”
The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians is truly committed to supporting and strengthening our community, and the North County Food Bank looks forward to a long-term relationship with such a wonderful community partner!