Your Support Directly Meets the Needs of our Homeless during COVID-19

During these trying times, the Rescue Mission is carefully distributing resources in order to meet the needs of the men, women and children experiencing homelessness throughout San Diego.

Usually, our Partners for Hunger Relief Program serves and distributes food to 20 organizations each week. CURRENTLY, the Program is operating at an extremely high capacity — providing food to over 20 food distribution organizations PER DAY throughout our community.

If you’re wondering how the needs of poor and vulnerable people all over San Diego might be met during the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Partners for Hunger Relief Program is a driving force for meeting these needs: even at a time when resources are low.

As we continue to address the needs throughout San Diego, will you join us in providing resources and hope for our homeless?

The most impactful, direct way that you and your family can provide support during this season is by donating financially. The Rescue Mission does not receive any government funding and will not be receiving any circumstantial aid in this time of crisis. Even a donation of just $2.05 provides a hot meal for someone experiencing homelessness in the face of COVID-19.

Another way to meet needs throughout San Diego is by donating non-perishables to our Partners for Hunger Relief Program. Donations can be dropped off at any time at 120 Elm St! View the list of needed non-perishables below:

To donate financially today, go here.

Your support IS the driving force of hope for our homeless during this time.

Our Sincerest Thanks,

Rescue Mission Staff

Non-Perishables & Critical Needs

#10 size Large cans of:

Canned beans

Dry beans

Peanut butter, or other nut butters

Rolled oats

Canned fruit in juice, not in light or heavy syrup

Canned vegetables, with no or low-sodium

Low-sodium soups

Canned tuna in water

Canned chicken

Brown rice



Seeds, unsalted

Shelf stable milk and milk substitutes

Pastas/ whole grain pasta- Spaghetti, macaroni, fettucine, angel hair

Low-sodium pasta sauce-stewed tom, crushed tom, sauce


Whole grain, low-sugar cold cereals

Olive or canola oil

Canned tomatoes

Dried fruits, no sugar added


Chicken, beef and vegetable broths and stock.

Tuna Fish

Instant Mashed Potatoes

Bottled waters

Hand soap

Hand Sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol)


Trash bags and baskets

Disposable face masks

Disposable gowns


Disposable gloves

Hygiene kits


Additional Tips

Canned goods with pop-top lids are better than canned goods that require a can opener

Avoid foods packaged in glass.

Where to Donate

Due to thrift store closures, we are currently not accepting donations at the Rescue Mission other than our critical needs of foods & non-perishable foods along with hygiene and cleaning supplies.

Drop-offs for these donations can be made in the lobby of Mission Services at 120 Elm Street between the hours of 9am-5pm.