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San Diego Blood Bank Donates Meals to Food Bank in November

The San Diego Blood Bank announced Thursday that blood donors can double their impact in the community this month by saving lives and feeding families in need.

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People can donate blood at a San Diego Blood Bank donor facility or mobile blood drive until Nov. 30, after which the San Diego Blood Bank will provide five meals to The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank to support needy families.

“The simple act of donating blood this month can impact multiple lives of those in need,” said Claudine Van Gonka, blood bank communications director. “This is a great way for people to double their impact as we head into the holiday season.”

The donations, according to Chris Carter, Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank vice president of communications, are critical to keeping the food bank open during the holiday season “because [it] continues to feed nearly 400,000 people facing food insecurity every month in communities throughout San Diego County.”

“On behalf of the Food Bank’s staff and family of volunteers, we thank the San Diego Blood Bank and its donors for supporting our mission in the community,” Carter said.

A person must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally excellent health to give blood. Eligible blood donors should make an appointment by visiting SanDiegoBloodBank.org or calling 619-400-8251.

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