About the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 22 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 370,000 people per month in San Diego County.

The Food Bank receives food from the USDA, food manufacturers, food retailers, the agricultural sector, food drives, and through financial contributions that enable us to purchase protein-rich foods, fresh produce, and dry staple foods such as beans, oatmeal, and rice. We also benefit from the generosity of more than 28,000 volunteers annually that help to sort and distribute donated and purchased food products.

The Food Bank works to acquire, store, organize, and distribute food through a network of 370 nonprofit partner organizations that include food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless and residential shelters, youth programs, senior centers, and low-income daycare centers in communities throughout San Diego County.  The Food Bank also distributes food directly to those in need at 180 distribution sites throughout the county.

In 2010, the families of Joan and Irwin Jacobs and Stephen and Marjorie Cushman donated $1.76 million to pay off the Food Bank’s mortgage on our Miramar warehouse facility making the organization effectively debt free. To honor the generosity and long-term support of both families, the Food Bank was renamed the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank.

Mission & Values

Our Mission

The San Diego Food Bank provides nutritious food to people in need, advocates for the hungry, and educates the public about hunger related issues.

Our Values

The Food Bank’s core values are leadership, integrity, cooperation, respect, excellence, and service. All Food Bank employees, executives, and officers are guided by, and seek to strive every day to live by this value system. Our values exemplify the dedication and respect we hold for our organization, our mission, our community, and the people we serve.


All Food Bank staff will adhere to food banking best practices; act as role models for the organization; lead by example; take pride of ownership in our work; be solution-oriented; and will inspire others.


We will act honestly, ethically, and we will apply the Food Bank’s values and principles consistently in all dealings with stakeholders.


We will maintain consistent and open communication with all team members and stakeholders, consider the needs of others, and always act as team players.


We will treat all Food Bank clients, co-workers, and stakeholders with dignity and respect. We will always maintain confidentiality, be courteous and polite, and be kind and empathetic with others.


We will encourage innovation, encourage the personal and professional growth and the development of ourselves and others, encourage creativity in problem-solving, and always seek to improve the organization and its operations.


We will make a difference in our clients’ lives, support our stakeholders, treat others as we wish to be treated, be courteous and professional, maintain a problem-solving attitude, always ensure quality service, be friendly, and always maintain a professional demeanor.

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