Works Of Mercy

An Invitation to Come and Serve with Us

At Mid City Church of the Nazarene, there are many opportunities for participating in our ecclesial witness. Whether you have a passion for the weekly food distributions at Mid City, love visiting the folk downtown on Tuesdays, derive great joy from driving our truck to pick up food, or desire to help with the Inclement Weather Shelter, we thank you for commitment and hope that you find this section helpful.

Pictures from our weekly and monthly distributions:


Food Distributions At Mid City

The food distributions at Mid City are a wonderful time of giving and receiving goods. Almost all the items that are given away come from either local food banks, such as Feeding America SD and the San Diego Food Bank, or local businesses like Vons, Albertsons, KFC, and Starbucks. In the past, we have received near 60 tons of produce in one month! These goods all go to feed the folk who live in and around City Heights, especially the poor, as we live out the gift of meeting them at the distribution. Please feel free to come, bag produce, lift boxes of crackers, and to welcome and greet those who come through the line. In peace,

Cody Ellis
Graduate Intern
Katie Condon
Undergraduate Intern

Times of the Distributions

Weekly Distributions
Tuesday: 3:00 p.m. (Come at 1:30 to volunteer, look for Katie)
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. (Come at 7:30 to volunteer, look for Cody)
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. (Come at 7:30 to volunteer, look for Cody)

Monthly Distribution
First Friday of the Month: 9:00 a.m. (Come at 8:00 to volunteer, starting November look for Nancy)

The Church of the Nazarene at Mid-City Food Distribution solely relies on donations from local businesses and food banks.

We would like to thank our those who have generously given to us:

Albertsons Logo KFC Logo Panera Logo vons-logo
Albertson’s Grocery Stores Kentucky Fried Chicken Panera Bread Vons Grocery Stores

Tuesday Night Downtown Meal

Tuesday nights are a special time for our church where we are invited to provide a meal downtown at the Salvation Army located near 7th and F street. We are both given the opportunity to cook the food-preparations are made beginning in the afternoon-and to distribute it. Often members of Mid City, PLNU, and Mission Church of the Nazarene partner in cooperating together. After the initial meal inside the Salvation Army is given out, some members leave to go to the streets where we go to give sandwiches to the ones unable to come in. We invite you to come and share with them in food and company.

Location of Salvation Army: 726 F St, San Diego, CA

Time : 6:30 p.m.

Driving the Mid City Truck

Perhaps one of the most important-and often times overlooked-aspects of our committed weekly acts as a congregation is driving our food truck. Fortunately for us, even you can drive it! It does NOT require a class A or B license, any class C driver can do it. Posted below is the weekly schedule, if you would like more information about how you can become a driver, please contact Johnny Wright,

Inclement Weather Shelter

During cold or rainy nights, members of our congregation or our friends that do not have a roof over their head come to stay at Mid City. It is a wonderful time to get to know those who you may not have met yet, and as it gets into the winter season, you will have many opportunities! There will be emails sent out and (hopefully) updates posted on our website about weather or not the shelter will be open on any given night. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact Johnny Wright,

Below is the usual schedule:

6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. 2 volunteers open up and prepare to have our friends stay; they greet and sign in those arriving, check out mats and blankets, often times start a movie, and/or serve any food prepared for the occasion.
10:30 p.m. – 6:00 a.m. 2 volunteers stay the night at the church, attending to any needs and keeping the visitors safe.
6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. 1 or 2 volunteers help with the send off and clean up, making sure the mats and blankets come back, and preparing coffee or breakfast items.
During the Next Day 1 volunteer offers to take the blankets to the laundromat and clean them.