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Featured Partner: Neurocrine Biosciences

San Diego Food Bank handing out 40,000 pounds of food at La Mesa distribution event

Entering July of 2020, Father Joes Villages faced the challenge of adjusting and increasing services during the summer months when donations to Father Joes Villages are typically leaner. Thats when Neurocrine Biosciences stepped in to offer a $200,000 Matching Gift Challenge to fund critical services like health care, meals, shelter and more. Neurocrine Biosciences, a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company in San Diego, wanted to amplify their impact at a time when neighbors experiencing homelessness needed it most.

Together we can make a difference and help fulfill the mission of Father Joes Villages to elevate people out of homelessness and poverty, said Kevin C. Gorman, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Neurocrine Biosciences, upon the campaign launch.

Because of the generosity of Neurocrine Biosciences, Father Joes Villages was able to raise over $435,000 for our COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, which helped to continue and adjust safe, supportive services for neighbors most vulnerable in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

San Diego Food Banks 7th Annual Chefs Cork & Craft Gala: A Seaside Soire

Join Mission Fed at the San Diego Food Banks 7th annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala: A Seaside Soirée on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the San Diego Food Banks 90,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Miramar. This elegant evening, set among a natural decor of seashells, sand and stars, will feature the culinary talents of more than 30 of the countys best chefs. Each chef will be assigned to a table of 10 guests, acting as that tables personal chef for the evening, preparing a multi-course meal with drink pairings that celebrates our regions relationship with the coast and sea. Proceeds from the gala will support critical hunger-relief programs including the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which provides weekend backpacks of food to school children living in poverty. Mission Fed is a proud partner of the San Diego Food Bank and supports its mission to provide nutritious food to individuals and families in need in communities throughout San Diego County.


Chefs Cork & Craft Galafrequently Asked Questions

In preparation for the 2021 Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala: A Return to Old Hollywood on Saturday, , below are some frequently asked questions to ensure a fun and smooth experience for all virtual guests.

1. Will this years gala ONLY being hosted online this year?Yes, this years gala will be 100% online. All registered guests will receive a link via email on Wednesday, April 14 to watch our LIVE program from the safety and comfort of their home.

For the best viewing experience, we recommend watching the event from a desktop computer or laptop and use your mobile device for participation in our Opportunity Drawing and the Raise-the-Paddle/Fund-a-Program portion of the evenings program.

2. How will I receive the link to watch the livestream event?You will receive an e-blast from the San Diego Food Bank on Wednesday, April 14 with a link to view our LIVE virtual event on Saturday, April 17. The virtual program will begin at 6 p.m. for all guests.

3. I purchased a General Admission virtual ticket. When will I receive my commemorative reusable tote bag?Your commemorative tote bag and printed program for the event will be arriving at your door in the days leading up to the event. Virtual Gala ticketholders who purchased their tickets after April 9, 2021 will be receiving the tote bag post-event. You do not need to be home to accept the delivery.

The names of the winner for each opportunity drawing package will be announced LIVE during the gala program.

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Featured Partner: The Conrad Prebys Foundation

Since 1996, Father Joes Villages Village Health Center has partnered with the University of California, San Diego through the UCSD Combined Family Medicine & Psychiatry Residency Program to offer physicians an unparalleled clinical training opportunity and to deliver critical health services to patients in need. This program provides individuals who have complex physical and mental health needs with integrated primary care and psychiatric serviceswhereby improving medical care and access.

The Conrad Prebys Foundations generous grant of $80,000 contributes to the financial sustainability of this unique program, which expands the VHCs critical health care services and invests in the professional development of physicians in medically underserved communities. The grant will ensure that patients experiencing homelessness have access to quality care that will help them overcome health barriers on their journey out of homelessness.

Conrad donated generously to both healthcare and higher education during his lifetime, which makes Village Health Center a natural fit for the Foundations support, said Tony Cortes, Board Chair of The Conrad Prebys Foundation. VHCs multi-dimensional approach is making great strides in solving some of San Diegos most pressing challenges and the Foundation is proud to contribute to this important work.

San Diego Food Bank Gala 2016

Amy DiBase

Posted June 30, 2016

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Banks 2016 Foodtasia Gala: Chefs, Cork & Craft took place at the Food Banks 80,000-square-foot warehouse. The evening celebrated the culinary talent of 27 of the countys best chefs. Guests also enjoyed craft cocktails, handcrafted desserts, and entertainment by blues singer Whitney Shay and the international cover band, Liquid Blue. Proceeds supported programs including the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which provides weekend backpacks of food to children living in poverty.

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Just Announced Call To Dinner This Key Phrase Jumpstarts Commotion In The Kitchen Everyone Picking Up The Pace As Though On Fast Forward Lets Get To Work Says Vaughn Vargus Executive Chef At Uc San Diego To His Culinary Team The Cold Spring Pea Gazpacho Is Carefully Ladled Into 20 Neatly Aligned Bowls Then The Curly

Chef Vargus, with assistance from UC San Diego chefs Dave Gardinier of Café Ventanas and Tiago Battastini of 64 Degrees, donated his time and culinary talents at the 3rd Annual Foodtasia Gala at the Jacobs and Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The event, held May 2, benefits hunger-relief programs in the San Diego community. Themed Hail to the Chefs, the gala showcased the culinary prowess of more than a dozen San Diego chefs. Each prepared a gourmet three-course meal for two tables of ten guests, drawing upon the unique specialties of their respective kitchens.

I feel very strongly that it is our responsibility, as a public university, to give back to the community, said Vargus. I jump in on these types of opportunities as often as I can. I am grateful to have the support of Housing, Dining and Hospitality and the ability to do these kinds of events.

The gala was hosted at the Food Bank warehouse, with space and portable equipment provided for chefs under a large tent outside. Although bustling with activity, the atmosphere was one of camaraderie rather than competition, with many chefs admiring each others creations in the downtime. When an unexpected vegetarian dish was ordered at UC San Diegos table, the neighboring chef gladly provided beets and watercress for a salad. It was a treat to work alongside colleagues from the city, many of whom I know professionally and personally, said Vargus.

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Rotarys wine fest returns

The Rotary Club of Carlsbad puts on its Wine Vine Uncorked Carlsbad, a Wine & Vine Fundraising Event 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday July 30th at the Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte. The tasting event is slated to include 13 Wineries from San Diego County and two from Paso Robles. The fundraiser benefits local nonprofit TERI, which helps people with special needs, the Carlsbad Rotary Foundation and The Flower Fields Foundation. Attendees must be age 21 or older and show a government-issued ID. General Admission is $75 Early Access Pass is $125 per person. Tickets are at . For questions, email or call 672-1020.

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Taste of Encinitas coming next month

The Encinitas 101 MainStreet Association 33rd Annual Taste of Encinitas is 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 2, along Coast Hwy 101 in downtown Encinitas. With the purchase of a ticket, participants can get tastes from a number of local restaurants, sample wine and beer at Sip Stops and enjoy a variety of live music. Tickets are $40 per person, including food and 10 drink sample tickets. Same day tickets are $50, if not sold out. Tickets can be purchased at and the Encinitas 101 office, 818 S. Coast Hwy 101.

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Corner Market Reopening Five Days A Week

Shopping By Appointment or Online Ordering for Curbside Pick-Up

Starting August 2022, the JFS Corner Market will reopen five days a week. The Corner Market offers a wide selection of fresh produce and grocery items. Shop in person by appointment or order online for curbside pickup.

To make your appointment or learn more about curbside pick-up call 637-3210 or contact us online.

The drive-thru distribution at the Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus will end on July 29.

San Diego Food Bank Gala

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The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Banks 2015 annual gala, Foodtasia Hail to the Chefs, will be held on Saturday, May 2, at the Food Banks 80,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Miramar. The gala will feature some of San Diego Countys most celebrated chefs who are donating their time, food, and talent for the evening. Each table of 10 guests will be hosted by a chef who will personally prepare a multi-course dinner of his or her signature culinary delicacies. Proceeds will support critical hunger-relief programs including the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program, which provides weekend backpacks of food to elementary school children living in poverty in 11 school districts. Those purchasing tickets before April 1 will have the opportunity to attend an exclusive pre-event party.

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Featuring The Countys Best Chefs

More than 20 celebrated local chefs from across San Diego County will donate their time and culinary talent to the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Banks 2016 gala, Foodtasia: Chefs, Cork & Craft which will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the Food Banks 80,000 square foot warehouse facility in Miramar.

The galas chef committee co-chairs, Chef Sara Polczynski of Seasoned Plates and Chef Jonathan Hale of The Prado, are leading the team of chefs to help raise vital funds for the Food Banks hunger-relief programs, including the Food 4 Kids Backpack Program.

We had a vision to bring together San Diegos top culinary talent for an evening of extraordinary cuisine, said Polczynski, who describes the evening as a culinary adventure. Each chef will prepare his or her own signature hors doeuvres for the cocktail reception, and following the reception, each chef will be assigned to a table of 10 guests, acting as that tables personal chef for the evening, preparing a three-course meal with drink pairings. And the VIP tables will get an additional course of cheese from Venissimo Cheese.

So you might be experiencing hors doeuvres from five different chefs during the cocktail party, and then have a different chef cooking your three-course dinner that evening, Polczynski tells Giving Back Magazine. We want our guests to be open-minded and willing to take an adventure with some of San Diegos finest chefs.

Foodtasia: Chefs Cork & Craft Participating Chefs

Chef Co-chair Jonathan Hale The PradoChef Co-chair Sara Polcynski Seasoned PlatesChef Dave Abella West Steak & SeafoodChef Jonathan Bautista Georges At The CoveChef Nick Brune Eco CatersChef Gina Freize Venissimo CheeseChef Victor Jiminez Cowboy StarChef Accrusio Lota Solare RistoranteChef Joe Magnanelli Cucina UrbanaChef John Medal The Patio GroupChef Mario Medina Berninis BistroChef Anthony Pascale Saiko Sake & Sushi BarChef Brian Redzikowski Kettner ExchangeChef Vaughn Vargas UCSD

James Floros, San Diego Food Bank CEO said, We are honored to have two of our communitys most outstanding chefs lead our chef committee. Chef Sara is not only very talented, but she also gives back in a big way through her volunteer work at the Food Bank and at Olivewood Gardens. She uses her expertise and passion for food to help those less fortunate in our community.

We also incredibly grateful to Chef Jonathan Hale for donating his time, talent, and organizational expertise to the gala. He led the team of chefs at our gala last year, and it was a huge success. Chef Jonathan gives back to the community through his volunteer work at the Food Bank and is an invaluable member of our Leadership Council. He is widely respected in the industry for his accomplishments and as innovator for the Cohn Restaurant Group, explains Floros.

For tickets and sponsorship information visit: or call Sandy Rabourne at 863-5142.

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About Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

There are nearly half a million Wisconsinites who face hunger, including 171,460 children. Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading local hunger-relief organization in the state and we believe access to nutritious food is a right for all. Operating food banks in Milwaukee and Appleton, we serve our neighbors in both rural, suburban and urban locations across 35 eastern Wisconsin counties. The work we do is critical and made possibly only by your generosity and support.

Together we are providing more than 30 Million meals to our neighbors in need and

Helping children stay in school, grow, and thrive.Helping families afford to stay in their homes.Serving the veterans who served for us.Providing food and dignity to retired seniors.

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