Host a Food Drive

We are very grateful to all the community food drives, our storage facility is now filled with plenty of non-perishable food! We ask that you please wait until late January to hold any new donation drives, we’ll have more room for your donations then. Thank you!

Help Provide Healthy Food for our Neighbors in Need

One in seven of our neighbors don’t know where their next meal is coming from and one in five children are food insecure in San Diego County. Your support can help meet the needs of hundreds of families who visit our Food & Nutrition Center monthly.

Host a Food Drive

Help collect the items that families in our community most need by hosting your own food drive!

Community Resource Center provides nonperishable and fresh food to an average of 50+ households in need each weekday. The need is great, and we need your help to keep our food pantry stocked with these top ten items:

  1. Oatmeal (family-size container)
  2. Chicken/Tuna (canned)
  3. Peanut Butter
  4. Tomato Sauce (canned)
  5. Soup (canned)*
  6. Pasta (canned)*
  7. Canned fruit/fruit cups
  8. Beans (canned/bagged)
  9. Snack bars
  10. Milk (canned)

*Items currently not needed: Top Ramen, Macaroni & Cheese

To host a food drive, please contact: Yanira Frias at

You will receive information from the food drive coordinator on drop-off/pick-up dates and locations. Thank you!

Drive Champions Competition: To help us with sorting and storing, we ask that each drive select ONE item to collect. Drives will compete for the title of Drive Champion for each of the ten items in our wish list. For example, “Peanut Butter Drive Champion” or “Tuna Fish Drive Champion.” The winners will be selected based on total pounds collected and money raised (if you are also raising funds). The winning donation drive will be recognized in CRC’s monthly newsletter and on our social media channels!

Give healthy food to neighbors in need by hosting a food drive


Donation Drop-offs

If your collected items fit into a car or SUV, you may drop them off directly at our Food and Nutrition Center. If you collected a much larger quantity of items, please contact Cindy Collins at for assistance.

Food and Nutrition Center Drop-offs

650 Second Street in Encinitas, CA 92024
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. weekdays

COVID-19 Update: We are offering contact-less donation drop-offs Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm via the alley behind CRC’s office at 650 Second St. in Encinitas. There you will find a donations table with donation receipts. You may leave your donations there, or if you need help unloading items, please look for a staff person in the doorway to the Food & Nutrition Center (to the right of the donations table) or contact Cindy Collins at 760-230-6307. Please do not drop off anything other than food and personal care items to our office on Second Street. Drop-offs of alternative items results in additional expense for us. Thank you for your understanding!

Questions? Please contact Cindy Collins for more information at or (760) 230-6307.

Support our Food Pantry!

Our bulk purchasing power allows us to stretch every dollar into more meals!

  • $10 can help buy 25 bags of rice
  • $25 can help buy 35 containers of oatmeal
  • $50 can help buy 70 cans of tuna or chicken

Community Resource Center’s Food & Nutrition Center is a gold-certified nutrition pantry and a proud partner of Feeding San Diego.

Thank you for your generosity!