Ahead of the Christmas holiday, Representative Mike Levin joined volunteers at the North County Food Bank to help distribute food to families in need at our Drive-Thru Super Pantry. Families who drove through that day received milk, bread, fresh produce and a variety of canned food items. Those with infants and toddlers also received emergency diapers through the Food Bank’s Diaper Bank Program.
The drive-thru pantry model is just one of the many ways we have adapted our operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the support of volunteers like Rep. Levin, the Drive-Thru Super Pantry provides contactless food assistance to about 200 to 300 low-income families per day Monday through Friday, including those who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
“The work of the North County Food Bank is extraordinarily important, particularly during this time when so many people are food insecure because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Mike Levin.
Since the pandemic reached San Diego County, the North County Food Bank saw the demand for emergency food assistance nearly double overnight. Between the San Diego Food Bank, the North County Food Bank, and our network of more than 500 nonprofit partners, we went from serving 350,000 people per month to almost 600,000.
“Organizations like the North County Food Bank are essential to try to get food to people in need right away,” said Rep. Mike Levin.
Thank you to Rep. Mike Levin for your continued support of the North County Food Bank, before and during this pandemic, and for your service to the North County community as a whole.
The Food Bank is experiencing an increased need for volunteers to support the increased demand for food assistance. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please visit NorthCountyFoodBank.org/Volunteer to create a volunteer profile and select a “NCFB – COVID-19 Drive-Thru” shift.