July 5, 2023 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Foundation, in partnership with the County of San Diego, announced today it has awarded $5,563,500 in grants to 43 community-based organizations to help San Diegans experiencing food insecurity by supporting localized, sustainable food production and distribution throughout the region.

“Our partnership with the County of San Diego invests in long-term solutions that benefit community health and our environment while empowering community choice and food sovereignty in low-income communities and communities with limited access to healthy foods,” said Mark Stuart, President & CEO of San Diego Foundation. “These grants recognize the depth and breadth of impact of our food system – whether it’s addressing food insecurity, improving nutrition or supporting local agriculture in our region.”

Funding for the Community Food Grant Program is made possible through a partnership with the County of San Diego. In 2021, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved the framework for using American Rescue Plan Act funding that guided the development of the Community Food Grant Program. Funding priorities and goals were identified as part of robust community engagement sessions hosted by SDF and the County of San Diego in fall 2022 that included residents, business owners, nonprofit leaders and community organizers from across the many sectors that comprise our local food system.

In total, San Diego Foundation received 131 grant applications submitted by nonprofit organizations, schools and government and tribal agencies, totaling $21 million in funding requests.

“The County’s safety-net services reach one in every three San Diegan, helping ensure our community members have access to nutritious food, services and education,” said Dr. Elizabeth Hernandez, County of San Diego, Director of Public Health Services. “The incredible work of the organizations selected for this grant will help amplify the County’s food security efforts to equitably reach communities of color and low-income San Diegans.”

The 43 projects selected represent a wide breadth of nonprofit organizations in San Diego County, from grassroots, volunteer-led efforts to established countywide institutions. These projects provide regional and population-specific services to food-insecure seniors, students, Tribal communities, unsheltered, and refugee and immigrant residents of San Diego County.

Community Food Grant Program awardees include:

  • ‘ataaxum Pomkwaan
  • Backcountry Communities Thriving
  • Bayside Community Center
  • Borrego Art Institute
  • Botanical Community Development Initiatives
  • Climate Science Alliance
  • Coastal Roots Farm
  • ECOLIFE Conservation
  • Equation Collaborative
  • Escondido Community Garden
  • Fallbrook Food Pantry
  • Feeding San Diego
  • Foodshed Cooperative Inc.
  • Garden 31 Community Initiative
  • Heal The Earth
  • Heaven’s Windows
  • Hope through Housing Foundation
  • I Love to Glean
  • Indigenous Regeneration
  • International Rescue Committee Inc.
  • Kitchens for Good
  • Leah’s Pantry
  • Logan Heights Community Development Corporation
  • Love, Linda Vista
  • MAKE Projects
  • Mama’s Kitchen
  • Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
  • ProduceGood
  • Project New Village
  • Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County
  • San Diego Food System Alliance
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego Second Chance Program
  • San Diego State University Research Foundation – BrightSide Produce
  • South Bay Sustainable Communities Network
  • SunCoast Market Cooperative
  • The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank
  • Thrive Lemon Grove
  • Union of Pan Asian Communities
  • Urban Growth
  • Via International
  • Warner Springs Community Resource Center
  • Zero Foodprint

The Community Food Grant Program focuses on efforts to strengthen and scale community-led strategies to address food and nutrition insecurity with local solutions that prioritize low-income and historically marginalized communities. The grantees represent a variety of projects, including community gardens, urban agriculture, food rescue and distribution, seed banking and technical assistance for local farmers, among other projects across the region.

The Community Food Grant Program contributes to building resilient communities, a pillar of the SDF Strategic Plan, by addressing equity barriers and creating a more inclusive and accessible food system for all.

About the County of San Diego

Guided by a vision of a just, sustainable, and resilient future for all, the County of San Diego delivers services and programs to its 3.3 million residents and those who work or do business within its 4,200 square miles. Its work is driven by the values of integrity, equity, access, belonging, excellence, and sustainability. Working in partnership with community and recognizing that innovation is required to meet today’s challenges, the County of San Diego drives outcomes through data-informed collaboration.

About San Diego Foundation

San Diego Foundation inspires enduring philanthropy and enables community solutions to improve the quality of life in our region. Our strategic priorities include advancing racial and social justice, fostering equity of opportunity, building resilient communities, and delivering world-class philanthropy to realize our vision of just, equitable and resilient communities. The Environment Initiative seeks to preserve and protect our resources, build a more sustainable path of economic growth and ensure a higher quality of life for those who call San Diego home. For more than 48 years, SDF and its donors have granted more than $1.4 billion to support nonprofit organizations strengthening our community. Learn more at SDFoundation.org.


Tim McClain, San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, tim.mcclain@sdcounty.ca.gov

Lorena Nava Ruggero, San Diego Foundation, lruggero@sdfoundation.org, 619-814-1365