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.

Who Benefits from the Donations?

Did you know? 1 in 4 children faces food insecurity in San Diego County, including those living in North County communities. 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.


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 DriveBats

You can make a donation securely online through the Virtual Food Drive platform. Click on the “Donate Peanut Butter” button below or click on a Virtual Food Drive you wish to donate “on behalf of.” On the Virtual Food Drive page, you will have the option to select peanut butter 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.


Thank You to Our Community Partners! 

Participant Address & Drop-Off Hours Virtual Food Drive Link
APEM 970 Park Center Drive Vista, CA 92081

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce 5934 Priestly Dr, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Monday – Friday: 10 am – 3 pm
City of Solana Beach 635 S. Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Monday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Every other Friday: 8 am – 5 pm 
District 4-L6 Lions of San Diego & Imperial Counties N/A
First Citizens Bank 6088 Innovation Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream Monday – Sunday: 11 am – 10 pm

Carlsbad: 2825 State Street Carlsbad, CA 92008

Del Mar: 12843 El Camino Real, Suite 108, San Diego, CA 92150

Oceanside: 228North Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Pacific Beach: 4475 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109

San Marcos: 109 South Las Posas Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078

Vista: 207 Main Street, Vista, CA 92084
Helix Water District N/A
The Love Aquarium 2203 E. Valley Parkway, Suite C Escondido, CA

92027 Monday – Saturday: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm  
San Marcos Chamber of Commerce  251 North City Drive, Suite 128G, San Marcos, CA 92078 

Monday – Thursday: 9 am – 4 pm 

Friday: 9 am – noon
Vista Chamber of Commerce 170 Eucalyptus Ave, Ste. 115, Vista, CA 92084

Monday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm