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Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center Food Pantry

The Imperial Beach Neighborhood Center strives to provide food security to members of the community through monthly mass distribution, a weekly food pantry, ready to eat meals for homeless individuals, and other services. Monthly Mass Food Distribution at the Neighborhood Center Working with the San Diego Food Bank, the IB Neighborhood Center distributes free food to 200+ low-income individuals and families on the third Thursday of the month starting between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Weekly Neighborhood Food Pantry (Monday through Thursday) The Neighborhood Food Pantry is a newer, improved pantry, offering healthier food options, nutrition education, safe environment, cultural/dietary accommodations, and community connections. The Neighborhood Food Pantry has the goal of lessening the impact of food insecurity and obtaining basic necessities due to illness, unemployment, or other crisis to families, homeless people, older adults, and low-income families who live in the Imperial Beach area. Feeding San Diego is our Agency Partner providing staple items every week. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Food for the Housing Challenged Every Saturday morning a warm breakfast and a Ready-to-eat sack lunches are provided to homeless individuals during the Center’s “Saturday Shower Program”. Community Garden The Center currently has seven (7) raised garden beds available for community members to grow vegetables. San Diego Co-Harvest has installed a sustainable home garden that will produce fresh food for The Neighborhood Food Pantry. Volunteers to help weed are always welcome. If you are interested in assisting with our Community Garden, please call the Center Office at 619-947-6057. In 2023, the Urban Food Equity team at the Center for Community Health in the Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute at University of California, San Diego conducted a case study: The Power of Community: Neighborhood Food Pantry Gets a Client-Centered Makeover, focusing on the Neighborhood Food Pantry. To schedule a donation drop off or information, please call the Center Office at (619) 947-6057 or visit our website

This listing was last updated Mar 6, 2024

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Pantry times are Monday - Thursday 9am - 12 pm however the center is open to donations from 9am-5pm, call to schedule a donation drop off or pick up outside of these hours,

Hours are in PDT. Hours updated 19 weeks ago

455 Palm Ave, Imperial Beach, CA, USAGet Directions

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Donations are accepted at the center Monday through Thursday from 9am to 12pm and Saturday 7-9am. To schedule a donation drop off or pick up outside these hours please call the Center Office at (619) 947-6057


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