Day Center

In 1991, the Brother Benno Foundation moved its services to its present location, a 12,000-foot warehouse at 3260 Production Avenue in Oceanside, which has been divided into a dining room, full kitchen, children’s reading room, administrative offices, shower room, clothing room, computer lab, chapel, restrooms, and warehouse space. In a building next door we have an additional 6,000 square feet  for furniture sales, preparation of food boxes, and food storage.

Food donations and distribution

Program members and staff unload trucks filled with food donations from local grocery stores and restaurants. These trucks, driven by volunteers, make pick-ups early in the morning five days a week.

This donated food is used to feed a hot breakfast to over 200 people six days a week. Without these generous donations, many North County low-income families and the homeless would go without a hot breakfast.

Volunteers packing food boxes

Over 2200 food boxes are distributed each month.  Volunteers arrive at the Center early in the morning to pack the boxes with nutritious food.  These boxes are designed to help families get a few extra days of food each month.

Contents depend on donations, but usually contain staples such as: Beans, rice, cereal, peanut butter, canned goods such as tuna, fruit and vegetables.  On the occasions when we receive fresh meats, produce, and eggs, they are given in addition to the food boxes.

Volunteers Serving Breakfast

Over 200 hundred hot breakfasts are served six days a week by volunteer serving teams. These teams represent a wide cross-section of North San Diego County residents, including churches, service clubs, schools, and businesses.

The teams arrive about 6:00 am each morning to serve food and interact with our guests.  In addition to the hot meal, sack lunches are available to the homeless.