Drive-Thru Food Pantry

The Super Pantry at the North County Food Bank is currently only offering ‘drive-thru’ food distribution services for low-income families and those economically impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to follow social distancing guidelines, the food distribution is now “contactless”. Attendees must wear masks at all times and are asked to stay in their vehicles throughout the whole process. Upon arrival, a volunteer will register each car verbally through the car window and provide further instructions.  Volunteers will place food items directly in the trunk of the vehicle. Please inspect the trunk of your vehicle before arriving to make sure there is enough room for the food to be safely and securely placed.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Regular drive-thru service hours are 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday until Friday, Oct. 8. No appointment is necessary. 

Please note! Drive-thru service hours will change starting Tuesday, Oct. 12 to 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. If these updated hours do not work with your schedule, we encourage you to use the Food Bank’s Food Locator Map to find a distribution site that fits your availability.


Upcoming Holiday Closures: Please keep in mind that the pantry will be closed on the following federal holidays. Please plan accordingly should you need food assistance around these dates.

2021
Monday, Feb. 15 Presidents’ Day
Wednesday, Mar. 31 Cesar Chavez Day
Monday, May 31 Memorial Day
Monday, Jul. 5 Independence Day
Monday, Sep. 6 Labor Day
Monday, Oct. 11 Federal Holiday
Thursday, Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day
Thursday, Nov. 25 & Friday, Nov. 26 Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, Dec. 23 & Friday, Dec. 24 Christmas Holiday
Friday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve

 

Each household will receive a variety of nonperishable food items and fresh produce. Please inspect the trunk of your vehicle before arriving to make sure there is enough room for the food to be safely and securely placed.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: “CARPOOLING” HOUSEHOLDS MUST SHOW I.D.

If more than one household “carpools” in one vehicle to pick up food, each household in the car must provide I.D. in the form of a drivers’ license, state-issued ID, or piece of mail with the current address on it to receive food for each client household.

ATTENDEES MUST “SELF-VERIFY” THAT THEY MEET INCOME GUIDELINES:

This will be a ‘self-certification’ food distribution, meaning that families will not need to show proof of income or provide ID to receive food assistance. Families simply need to verbally verify that they meet the income guidelines (below), and a volunteer will sign the form on behalf of each family. 

Emergency Food Assistance Program Income Guidelines
*Federal income guidelines are provided by the USDA. The guidelines were updated in January 2020 and will be valid until September 2021.

Household Size Monthly Household Income Annual Household Income
1 $2,498.83 $29,986.00
2 $3,376.17 $40,514.00
3 $4,253.50 $51,042.00
4 $5,130.83 $61,570.00
5 $6,008. 17 $72,098.00
6 $6,885.50 $82,626.00
7 $7,762.83 $93,154.00
8 $8,640.17 $103,682.00
9 $9,517.50 $114,210.00
10 $10,394.83 $124,738.00
Over 10 Add $877.33 each Add $10,528 each

FOOD ITEMS THAT WILL BE DISTRIBUTED:

Food items that will be distributed include a variety of nonperishable food items and fresh produce.

Diapers and period supplies are also available upon request.