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Margaret Mead

To arrange drop-off time for any donations contact:


Becky Palenske


Director of Local Family Support

Food Distribution Outreach


The Backyard Produce Project

FFCC has been partnering since 2010 with The Backyard Produce Project (www.backyard-produce-project.wikispaces.com) 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 


'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 assists all over the world but we are also helping our local neighbors in need with emergency food resources. To do this effectively, we need additional food pantry storage space. The rental bill of a space that could hold eight storage racks of food and a table is about $289 per month.  If you know of a free or discounted space, that is at ground level, with lighting and a local address, please contact Becky at ffccsdlocal@gmail.comFood Pantry

If you are interested in helping with the cost of the rented space, please designate your donation payable to FFCC with "Local Food Pantry" in the memo line. 

12463 Rancho Bernardo Road, PMB #158
San Diego CA 92128

You can also donate online, just show the designation in the special instruction box.  


***FFCC is in immediate need of an indoor space for our nonperishable food pantry.***




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