Help “Stuff the Bus” this holiday season! The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), the North County Transit District (NCTD), Albertsons/Vons, Girl Scouts San Diego, the San Diego Food Bank and the North County Food Bank are encouraging San Diego residents to donate nutritious food to those who face hunger in our community, including families who’ve been impacted by the pandemic, during the second week of December.


Between Dec. 7 and Dec. 12, visit any local Albertsons and Vons to donate a $5 Hunger Bag or donate nonperishable food items in the Food Bank’s famous red food drive barrels.

The Food Bank’s most-needed food items include:
peanut butter, canned fish, canned meats, canned fruits, canned vegetables, dried goods (rice, beans, oatmeal),
and canned soups

Saturday, Dec. 12 – Help “Stuff the Bus”

On Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., we are encouraging the community to stuff buses with food drive donations at Albertsons and Vons supermarkets throughout the county. Please donate our most needed food items to help the Food Bank feed local families in need this holiday season.

MTS and NCTD will have buses stationed at the following 15 Albertsons and Vons locations throughout the county:

  • Carlsbad Vons   – 6951 El Camino Real
  • Chula Vista Albertsons   – 720 Third Avenue
  • El Cajon Vons – 1201 Avocado
  • Escondido Albertsons – 1509 East Valley Parkway
  • Lemon Grove Albertsons – 7090 Broadway
  • Mira Mesa Vons – 8310 Mira Mesa Boulevard
  • Oceanside Albertsons – 3450 Marron Road and 3925 Mission Avenue
  • Rancho Bernardo Vons – 11986 Bernardo Plaza Drive
  • San Carlos Albertsons – 8650 Lake Murray Boulevard
  • San Marcos Albertsons – 1571 San Elijo Road South
  • Serra Mesa Vons – 3550 Murphy Canyon Road
  • Santee Vons – 9643 Mission Gorge Road
  • Spring Valley Albertsons – 543 Sweetwater Road
  • University City Vons – 7788 Regents Road

The goal is to fill up the buses with food drive donations, which will then be delivered to the San Diego Food Bank and unloaded by Food Bank staff and volunteers.

“Help Stuff the Bus” From Home – Virtual Food Drive

If you would prefer to help “Stuff the Bus” from home this year, please click the blue DONATE NOW button below to shop our Stuff the Bus Virtual Food Drive. You can select from the Food Bank’s “Most Needed Food Items” list, which includes: canned meats (chicken and tuna), canned vegetables, oatmeal, rice, canned fruits and peanut butter.

Thank you, San Diego, for helping us fight hunger and feed hope this holiday season!