Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What geographic area do you serve?
A: Encinitas, Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe.
Q: Do you accept fruit other than citrus?
A: Yes, we gladly accept any fruit or vegetable that is ripe and ready to eat (please no over ripe food).
Q: What pickup container should I put my fruit/vegetables in?
A: Box or paper bag.
Q: Are there other donations Operation HOPE Vista and Solutions for Change need?
A: Yes. A list is provided below. If you choose to donate additional supplies, please leave them on your doorstep with your fruit donation and we will deliver them to the centers.
Q: Can I donate supplies and not fruit?
A: Yes. Please schedule a pickup date HERE and we will gratefully collect your donations.
Q: Who are the volunteers that would pick my fruit?
A: The community is anxious to help! We have a list of adult volunteers and under adult supervision, we have a number of student volunteers who are anxious to help.
Q: What is the minimum and maximum amount I can donate?
A: There is no minimum, all donations are appreciated, accepted and will be put to good use.
Q: How can I help?
A: Spread the word to your friends and neighbors, volunteer to be a picker, start a garden and share the fruits of your labor!
Other Supplies Needed
Bedding (critical need):
Sheets (Twin/Queen) Blankets (Twin/Queen)
Mattresses (Twin/Queen) Mattress Covers
Towels & Washcloths
Pine Sol Oven Cleaner
Windex Clorox Wipes
Laundry Soap Sponges
Dish soap Comet
Shower Curtains Simple Green
Paper / Plastic Products:
Paper /Plastic Plates
X Large Trash Bags (33 gallons)
Personal Hygiene Products:
Toothbrushes/Toothpaste Disposable Razors
Canned fruit & vegetables
Salt & Pepper
Pasta and Sauces
Fruit Juice/Juice Boxes
Juices & Nutritional Snacks for Pre-school
Diapers (large: 4 and 5)
Pots & Pans