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Host a food drive for families in need.

Click HERE for a list of suggested donations        and where to drop them off.



Becky Palenske


Director of Local Family Support

Food Distribution Outreach




You can host a neighborhood food drive. Here is a list of needed items. You can drop them off at either of the Poway or San Marcos Dream Dinner locations or we will arrange to pick them up if you need us to. Contact Mary Cushing-Inman at marycushing.inmanffcc@gmail.com to make arrangements.



The Backyard Produce Project

FFCC has been partnering since 2010 with The Backyard Produce Project (backyardproduceproject.org) to provide fresh locally grown produce to families in need. This group is made up of volunteers who are tending vegetable gardens and fruit trees on land provided by Sunshine Care Assisted Living in Poway. There are also many volunteers picking fruit from neighbors trees which have more than they need. Several local school garden projects have joined the cause to donate their harvest.

New "pickers" and drivers are always welcome to keep this wonderful project rolling along, and delivering the harvest to local destinations. Contact Becky Palenske for more information- ffccsdlocal@gmail.com


Food Rescue Sponsored by 

Trader Joe's has been contributing to FFCC's Food Distribution Outreaches for years. They are great partners. Volunteers are needed to help pick up food from Trader Joe's on Wednesday's at 7:30 p.m. Larger vehicles would be helpful. Becky can provide more details if interested. ffccsdlocal@gmail.com 


Fresh Rescue Sponsored by O' Brien's Boulangerie 

FFCC-local is pleased to announce a new bread fresh rescue in Poway. O’Brien’s Boulangerie is donating day-old bread to FFCC families in need 4 days/week.  Please contact Mary Cushing-Inman at Mary Cushing.InmanFFCC@gmail.com if you’d like to volunteer.






'Free Farmers Market' Sponsored by  

FFCC collects donations that come through partnerships with stores and vendors and we deliver them to apartment complexes and schools in Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and 4S Ranch.  This effort takes place on Mondays & Thursdays for about 2 hours in the morning. 

Ways you can help- the tasks include picking up donations from the stores and vendors and driving them to the distribution points.  You can also help set up and distribute the produce to the families in need that come to our 'market'.  This is a great way for families to serve our community together.

Contact Becky Palenske for more information- ffccsdlocal@gmail.com


Community Care Night 

Join us for this special evening at Penasquitos Lutheran Church. Each month several churches and FFCC volunteers come together to provide a food 'shopping' experience for approximately 60 families.  There is also the opportunity for prayer for any families who desire it. The event is held on the 4th Thursday of most months from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. (There will be NO Community Care Night in November & December due to the holidays)

We need help with sorting the food items and setting up the food tables where the families will shop.  Volunteers are encouraged to interact with the families and help as needed, including clean-up afterwards.  This is a great family or small group activity for those that want to serve together.

Contact Becky Palenske for more information- ffccsdlocal@gmail.com


Brookview Village Senior Outreach

Once a month, FFCC provides groceries, produce and a door to door delivery to about a dozen senior citizens living in this low-income complex in Poway. 

Volunteers are needed near the end of the month on a Friday for food delivery and other tasks.

Contact Becky Palenske for more information- ffccsdlocal@gmail.com


Food Pantry

FFCC provides food assistance to over 750 local families each month, year round! These are some of the food items that are needed to keep our pantry stocked and ready to respond to emergency needs.

  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Healthy snack items
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Pasta
  • Other nonperishable food items are also accepted.
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Anti bacterial soap and wipes


Contact Becky Palenske at ffcsdlocal@gmail.com to coordinate the drop-off.


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