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San Diego Food Bank hosts drive-thru food distribution for 1,000 families at Del Mar Fairgrounds

The distribution is first come, first served. The Food Bank will have enough food supplies to serve 1,000 vehicles starting at 10 a.m. until all the food is gone.

SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Food Bank and the Del Mar Fairgrounds hosted a large-scale “drive-thru” food distribution Friday, April 3, for low-income families and those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. In order to follow social distancing guidelines, the food distribution was “touchless.” Attendees did not leave their cars. Instead, food was placed directly in the truck.

The distribution was first come, first served. The Food Bank had enough food supplies to serve 1,000 vehicles starting at 10 a.m. The Food Bank said the number of people needing their help is likely doubling thanks to the coronavirus crisis. 

For health and safety reasons, no one was allowed to “walk up” or receive food on foot. 

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