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Mayor Calls on San Diegans to Give Blood, Food, Compassion

City Outlines Ways San Diegans Can Responsibly and Safely Volunteer During Covid-19 Pandemic

Thursday, Mar. 19, 2020 - NEWS RELEASE

SAN DIEGO – Following economic relief efforts announced this week for residents and businesses, today Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer was joined by City Councilmember Vivian Moreno, American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties CEO Sean Mahoney, and San Diego Food Bank CEO Jim Floros to let San Diegans know how they can responsibly and safely volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many San Diegans, including seniors, are facing hardships during the public health crisis that local non-profits are working to address.

“While we must limit physical contact, we can still lend a helping hand,” said Mayor Faulconer. “San Diego’s compassionate spirit never ceases to amaze me, and there are ways folks can responsibly and safely volunteer right now while practicing social distancing. Two critical needs are blood donations and food distribution and assistance.”

Earlier today Mayor Faulconer donated blood at the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties. He and Councilmember Moreno thanked San Diegans who are rolling up their sleeves for this critical need.

“We are all in this together. We can all help out by staying home and practicing social distancing,” said Councilmember Moreno. “If you know someone who needs help, try to connect them with the resources available through our local non-profits.”

Meanwhile, San Diego First Lady Katherine Faulconer and members of Mayor Faulconer’s staff were on hand at the San Diego Food Bank to donate non-perishable items. Additionally, members of the Mayor’s team volunteered across the city. Several were at the O'Farrell Charter School to prepare more than 1,500 “Grab and Go” lunches for San Diego Unified School District students. Others helped gather fresh fruits and vegetables supplies from Produce Good and delivered it to the San Diego Food Bank.

Mayor Faulconer also issued an internal communication to all City staff informing them of volunteer opportunities available for all San Diego residents through local nonprofit organizations during the COVID-19 emergency.

“As a community, this is a time where we must take care of one another including those most vulnerable among us and our hospital patients,” said Sean Mahoney, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross of San Diego and Imperial Counties. “One way to help is by donating blood for those who depend on lifesaving transfusions, such as surgical patients, accident victims, patients going through cancer treatment and more. Donating blood is a safe process, which is why we need those who are healthy and well to make an appointment, roll up a sleeve, and give.”

The Red Cross will continue to hold blood drives during this challenging time to help meet patient needs. For more information about what you can do or to make an appointment to donate during this global pandemic, please go to: www.redcross.org/sandiego

“The Food Bank wants to reassure all residents of San Diego County that our countywide operations will remain open and operating throughout this crisis,“ said James Floros, president and CEO of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and North County Food Bank. “To find a food distribution site near your home, call 2-1-1 from your phone or the Food Bank toll-free number, 1-866-350-FOOD (3663).”

The San Diego Food Bank is continuing to operate the 200 monthly distribution sites in San Diego County and provide assistance and resources to the 350,000 people they serve every month, including those affected by the COVID-19 crisis. The staff are taking necessary precautions, including practicing social distancing, to help make sure that food and product remains safe and that distributions and volunteer activities can continue. For more information on the San Diego Food Bank please go to: sandiegofoodbank.org

Below is a list of local organizations seeking volunteers:

211 San Diego

Call: 211

Web: 211sandiego.org

Jacobs and Cushman 

San Diego Food Bank

Call: 866-350-FOOD

Web: sandiegofoodbank.org

San Diego Blood Bank

Call: 619-326-4926 

Web: sandiegobloodbank.org

Serving Seniors 

Call: 619-235-6572

Web: servingseniors.org

Red Cross of San Diego and 

Imperial Counties

Call: 1-800-RED-CROSS

Web: www.redcrossblood.org

Feeding San Diego 

Call: 858-452-3663

Web: feedingsandiego.org

Meals on Wheels 

San Diego County

Call: 619-260-6110

Web: www.meals-on-wheels.org/volunteer

For information regarding COVID-19 cases and directives from County of San Diego public health officials, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com.

For the latest information about the COVID-19 virus, updates on City services and steps the public can take to help reduce the spread of the disease, please visit sandiego.gov/coronavirus.


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