Scare Away Hunger Peanut Butter Drive

During the month of October, businesses and organizations across the North County region are coming together to help Scare Away Hunger by collecting jars of peanut butter for local children and families in need.

Why Peanut Butter?

Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein for children and families. It is popular with kids. It’s shelf-stable, and one jar can provide more than 12 sandwiches.

Peanut butter is very expensive for the Food Bank to purchase. That is why this year’s peanut butter food drive will be instrumental in helping stock the Food Bank’s shelves with this nutrient-rich superfood for local families in need.

Make a Donation Online or Donate Jars of Peanut Butter at a Participating Business/Organization

There are two ways you can participate in the Scare Away Hunger Peanut Butter Drive.

1.Donate to a Virtual Food Drive
You can make a donation securely online through the Virtual Food Drive platform. Most participating businesses/organizations have their own custom link listed below. Click on the one you wish to donate “on behalf of” to make a donation. On the Virtual Food Drive page, you will have the option to select peanut butter (on the lowest shelf) at checkout. Simply drag it across the screen to checkout and once you are done, you click the red checkout link to process the transaction securely online using a debit or credit card.

2.Drop Off Physical Donations of Peanut Butter
If you would prefer to make a physical donation of unopened jars of peanut butter, you are welcome to stop by any of the participating businesses and or organizations listed below accepting physical donations. You can also drop off the donations at the North County Food Bank’s warehouse in Vista.

Participant Virtual Food Drive Link Address & Drop-Off Hours
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Click here to donate N/A
Burger Bench Click here to donate

237 E Grand Ave., Escondido, CA 92025

Drop-Off Hours: Daily from 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Carlsbad Chamber
No Virtual Food Drive Link Available 5934 Priestly Dr., Carlsbad, CA

Drop-Off Hours: Monday through Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Empowering People Inspiring Community
Click here to donate N/A
Escondido Chamber Click here to donate N/A
First Citizens Bank Click here to donate N/A
Fit City Adventures Click here to donate N/A
Fortis Fitness and Strength Training
& Yogalux
Click here to donate 2712 Gateway Rd.,  Carlsbad, CA 92009

Drop-Off Hours: Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.,
Saturday & Sunday 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Lions International
San Diego & Imperial County Lions, 4L-6
Click here to donate N/A
The Love Aquarium
Click here to donate 2203 East Valley Parkway, Suite C,
Escondido, CA 92027

Drop-Off Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

North County Philanthropy Council Click here to donate N/A
Oceanside Chamber Click here to donate N/A
Pacific Western Bank
Click here to donate 1690 South Melrose Drive, Vista, CA  92081

Drop-Off Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
San Diego Coastal Chamber
Click here to donate Various Hallmark locations*. See below for details.

Drop-Off Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., may vary by location.
San Marcos Chamber
No Virtual Food Drive Link Available 251 North City Dr., Suite 128,San Marcos, CA 92096

Drop-Off Hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Friday from 9 a.m. – noon
Vista Chamber
Click here to donate 170 Eucalyptus Ave., Suite 115, Vista, CA 92084

Drop-Off Hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
North County Food Bank
All virtual food drive links listed above support the North County Food Bank. Choose one to make an donation securely online. 1145 Engineer Street, Suite 110, Vista, CA 92081

Drop-Off Hours: Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 11 a.m. & 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

*Hallmark locations accepting donations on behalf of San Diego Coastal Chamber.

Carmel Valley location (Piazza Carmel), 3880 Valley Center Dr.,
San Diego, CA 92130
1084 N. El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
13444 Poway Rd.,
Poway, CA 92064
751 Center Dr.,
San Marcos, CA 92069
2891 Jamacha Rd.,
El Cajon, CA 92019
11955 Carmel Mountain Rd.,
San Diego, CA 92128
Grossmont Center
5500 Grossmont Center Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
1423 Main Street
Ramona, CA 92065
10621 Tierrasanta Blvd.,
San Diego, CA 92124


Who benefits from the donations?

Did you know? 1 in 5 children faces food insecurity in North County. All donations will be distributed to North County families in need through the Food Bank’s direct food distributions and through our nonprofit partners’ hunger-relief programs.

Thank you for donating and to all of this year’s Scare Away Hunger Peanut Butter Drive participants!