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Following Donated Items In The San Diego Food Bank Drive

KPBS follows the processing of donated food items as they travel from the red food drive bins to families in need.

Bernadette Perkins drops off items at the San Diego Food Bank food drive at a Vons grocery store in Imperial Beach.

Bernadette Perkins drops off items at the San Diego Food Bank food drive at a Vons grocery store in Imperial Beach.

Photo by Katie Orr

Red barrels were placed at locations around San Diego County to collect food donations.

Red barrels were placed at locations around San Diego County to collect food donations.

Photo by Katie Orr

A man loads barrels full of donated food onto a truck to take to the San Diego Food Bank.

A man loads barrels full of donated food onto a truck to take to the San Diego Food Bank.

Photo by Katie Orr

A barrel of donated food sits at the San Diego Food Bank waiting to be sorted.

A barrel of donated food sits at the San Diego Food Bank waiting to be sorted.

Photo by Katie Orr

A volunteer does a rough sort of the donated food. He checks items and removes any that are dented or damaged.

A volunteer does a rough sort of the donated food. He checks items and removes any that are dented or damaged.

Photo by Katie Orr

This food has been rough sorted. The expiration dates of items will now be checked and the food will be sorted into different categories.

This food has been rough sorted. The expiration dates of items will now be checked and the food will be sorted into different categories.

Photo by Katie Orr

Charity volunteers pick out food items at the Food Bank's warehouse on December 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.

Charity volunteers pick out food items at the Food Bank's warehouse on December 17, 2010 in San Diego, California.

Photo by Katie Orr

Volunteer Colleen Bethea selects food to be distributed at St. John's Catholic church in Encinitas. All of the food collected from red barrels goes into the selection that volunteers choose from.

Volunteer Colleen Bethea selects food to be distributed at St. John's Catholic church in Encinitas. All of the food collected from red barrels goes into the selection that volunteers choose from.

Photo by Katie Orr

Irma Aguilar and her twin 8-year-old daughters, Karen (L) and Kathy (R) come to St. John's Catholic Church in Encinitas to pick up two bags of food on December 14, 2009.

Irma Aguilar and her twin 8-year-old daughters, Karen (L) and Kathy (R) come to St. John's Catholic Church in Encinitas to pick up two bags of food on December 14, 2009.

Photo by Susan Murphy

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