Food Assistance

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 low-income individuals and families on the third Thursday of the month starting January 2023 between 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. The distribution is held in the rear parking area of the Center. All individuals will be attended to on a “first come, first serve” basis. Persons are encouraged to park off-site and walk to the distribution location in the rear of the Center. No identification is required for this; however, every person will be required to complete a “self-verification of need form” from the San Diego Food Bank. Should you have any questions, please contact us by phone at (619) 947-6057.

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. The Neighborhood Food Pantry is located in our Basement Hall. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. No ID required. For more information, 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.

For information regarding our Adopt-a-Pantry program, please visit our Donations page.

Food for the Housing Challenged

Ready-to-eat sack lunches are provided to homeless individuals during the Center’s “Saturday Shower Program”. Please visit our homeless outreach page to learn more.

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.

Other Food Resources

Weekly Food Resources in San Diego, mostly in the South Bay region.