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A Community In Service With The Most Vulnerable Among Us

Together We Can

"Third Avenue Charitable Organization (TACO) is a community drawn together to support the dignity, health and well-being of people among us experiencing homelessness and poverty."  - TACO's Mission Statement

TACO serves everyone, regardless of race, gender, faith, age, or sexual orientation. A large number of those served are without permanent homes or are living on the streets. Many others are of retirement age, living in the surrounding senior citizen residential towers on low fixed incomes. Still others are physically disabled living on relatively little income from sources such as state disability and Federal SSI.


During the course of an average week, the majority of TACO's clients are men, many of whom are homeless. Single women also take advantage of the services offered by TACO. Occasionally, homeless families who for a variety of reasons are living on the streets of San Diego receive assistance from TACO.



From food preparation to serving a meal, our volunteers are the backbone of our organization.


Food, cars, new athletic socks, underwear and hygiene kits.  There are so many ways

to give.


Be a part of a team to assist the vulnerable to acquire services.

Cita con el dentista


Four weekly meals are made possible by partnerships with businesses, churches, friends and neighbors – much goes into providing meals for San Diego’s most vulnerable residents.


To meet some of the needs of our guests, a community of practitioners partner with TACO to provide much needed medical, pharmacy, dental, acupuncture and law clinics.​

Comforting Hands

Social Services

To help in the area of the psycho-social needs of our guests, TACO staff partners with social work interns to provide counseling and other social services.

Going Home

Provide end of life services for the dying individual, their family, and their community in a manner which creates a place for healing of mind, body, and spirit.



TACO is always grateful for in-kind and financial gifts, which help meet the continuing costs of providing meals and services to those in need. As an IRS designated 501(c) 3 non-profit charitable organization, monetary contributions to TACO are tax-deductible to the extent permissible.

To see a list of suggestions for in-kind gifts or to make a donation online click here.


TACO is indebted to volunteers from thirty-five local churches and many other organizations, who help prepare the Monday and Friday meals, raise funds at their own churches and within their own communities, drive, shop, pick up food, gather supplies, and help in many other creative ways. For more information about volunteering, click here. 

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